By Sports Reporter/Doha
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says he is ‘very proud’ of Inter Milan’s interest and that he will decide his future before the end of the season. The Dutch star was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Bundesliga champion’s winter training camp at Aspire Zone in Doha. According to reports, Inter are hoping to pull off a double swoop for Diego Godin and Robben, both of whom have expiring contracts with Atletico Madrid and Bayern respectively.
“Really?” joked the Dutchman, who turns 35 later this month, in response to a question about the Nerazzurri. “I’m very proud and happy to have received offers. The last few weeks have been quite busy, especially for my father, who is my agent, but it’s nice to hear that clubs are interested.
“For me, the future is still open, I’m still waiting. I want to wait and focus on getting fit, getting back into the team and playing my football. I don’t know when, but of course I have to make a decision. I won’t wait until the end of the season because I have a family and I have to plan ahead a little bit. But I repeat, I’m privileged and I feel grateful that clubs are showing interest.”
Robben said Bayern is now fully focused on narrowing the six-point gap with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. He said: “We have a big challenge ahead. At the moment, we are six points behind, so we have to chase Dortmund. We proved ourselves in the last few games before the winter break. And, if we can continue like that and chase them, hopefully with the right amount of pressure, we can win the title. The thing we have to focus on is winning games.”
On his team’s much-anticipated encounter with Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League last 16 match, Robben said: “They are doing a great job this season. They reached the Champions League final last year, and they are still performing well this season. It will be a tough challenge. So, we must concentrate on our own game, work hard and try to improve as much as possible. If we have a good day and we play the way we want to play, I think we can make it a very difficult game for them.”
Robben also had the opportunity yesterday to visit Dutch side PSV Eindhoven who were also training on the pitches at Aspire Zone. Commenting on his former Dutch team-mate Wesley Sneijder’s performances with Qatar side Al Gharafa and how he thinks Sneijder represents a positive role model for younger generations, he said: “He is a good friend of mine and one of the best players I’ve ever played with. We have a lot of great memories of playing together since we were in the U-16 national team. He is a good friend on and off the pitch and I think very highly of him. He has great experience and can bring something special to a game. He has this amazing quality in his feet. He also sets a really good example for young players in terms of what you can achieve in your career if you believe in yourself and you are prepared to work hard.”
Robben said the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar will be a great tournament. “It will be a great tournament hopefully. When a tournament is assigned to a country, everybody is hoping that it is going to be a great tournament. I believe that in the end, all previous World Cup tournaments were a big success. And I am confident that the FIFA World Cup Qatar will be the same as the others,” the 35-year-old said.
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