Rummenigge Expresses Desire to Extend Robben and Rafinha

Alexander Hassenstein

SPORT BILD PLUS released Rumminigge's Robben and Rafinha confessional in their latest weekly

Ajren Robben's horrible laceration may result in a nice payday.

According to SPORT BILD PLUS, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rumminigge reached out to the Dutch winger the morning after the DFB Pokal Round of 16 victory against FC Augsburg. He described his conversation to the weekly magazine.

"I called Arjen the morning after the game. He did not have a pleasant night; he had stitches several times.

"I then also said to him that he should not have any concerns at all about his 2015 expiring contract. When he is back again, we will lead talks with him and his father, who advises him. We want to show Arjen that we appreciate him a lot. Arjen energetically contributed in the year 2013 so that we could sit here relaxed.

"We must talk with Arjen and his father before a year and a half or two years before his contract expires. Both are completely uncomplicated. We extended the last contract less than 12 months before its expiration. I am optimistic that Arjen stays. He feels very comfortable in Munich. The best proof of that is that he bought a house here a while back. We are very interested to continue with Arjen, and he is as well."

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge [SPORT BILD PLUS]

Rummenigge's resolve registers a relative commitment to Robben, who was a candidate for the transfer list once Pep Guardiola took over as manager.

Robben has scored 11 goals in the three year-long competitions to date, despite two injury spells that has required a 19-day absence thus far. He has scored 51 goals in the Bundesliga since joining FC Bayern in 2009, along with 12 goals in the DFB Pokal and 15 in the UEFA Champions League.

The FC Bayern CEO also foresees Rafinha extending as well, despite Bild rumors he might consider signing elsewhere when his contract expires next June.

"Rafinha is a great fellow who I have the impression that he wants to stay. He will not leave us. Basically none of our players want to leave – because there is no reason to leave FC Bayern."

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge [SPORT BILD PLUS]

Rafinha's importance to the club has sky-rocketed under Guardiola, who moved Philipp Lahm to midfield to provide squad depth. He has started more matches in three in a half months of the 2013/14 season than he did the entire 2012/13 season.

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