Even at 32 years of age, transfer rumors still swirl around Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben. The Dutch winger has been on the training ground at Säbener Straße over the last week to complete his recovery from the injury that sidelined him for the final three months of the season, and Bild was on hand to ask him about the rumor linking him with a potential move to Besiktas.
However, transfer rumors aren’t new for Robben. "Every summer, the same thing,” he said. “I laugh at the rumors."
A move to Besiktas would be an admission from Robben that his time as an elite player is completed. He’s not ready to do that and will continue to fight for a spot at Bayern.
"I have a fantastic relationship with the people at FC Bayern. Both sides have a very high esteem for the other. If Bayern wants to speak with me: I'm here at Säbener Strasse. They can come over to see me anytime. Or they can call at my father's. They have my telephone number, too. But first and foremost, I'm only interested in playing soccer well."
There is one club that would force Robben to greatly consider leaving Bayern to join. "If Groningen calls, then things will get hairy." Robben was a member of Groningen from ages 12-18.