Amsterdam: Former Bayern Munich and Netherlands midfielder Arjen Robben is ready to come back out of retirement to play for his boyhood club FC Groningen.
The 36-year-old, whereas making the announcement in a video on the club’s web site, nonetheless additionally stated that he hopes to be match sufficient to play for them next season.
“We’re coming home, back to Groningen,” Robben stated in a video posted on the club web site on Saturday.
“At this time, I’m not sure it will happen,” he stated. “What I am sure of is that my drive and motivation will be 100%. It will be a tough physical challenge, but I’m going for it.”
“These past few weeks, I’ve had many conversations with club staff and maybe more than anything I have listened to our supporters: ‘Arjen, follow your heart’,” he’s quoted as saying by the club’s web site.
“We’re coming home during this difficult time of crisis, one that also hits FC Groningen. It’s great to see how everyone is supporting the club, I’ve supported the club as well and it made me think about what else I could do for our club.”
Robben made his debut for Groningen on the age of 16 in 2000 earlier than shifting to PSV Eindhoven. He went on to play for Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, profitable the Dutch league as soon as, the Premier League twice, LaLiga as soon as and the Bundesliga eight occasions. He additionally scored the profitable objective in Bayern’s Champions League last in opposition to Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
He was additionally capped 96 occasions for Netherlands with whom he completed runner-up within the World Cup in 2010 and within the third place within the 2014 match.