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Jupp Heynckes backs Arjen Robben to sign contract extension with Bayern Munich

Jupp thinks Robben has a few seasons left at Bayern Munich.

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Without question, Arjen Robben has been one of the best players in the Bayern Munich squad that's had an exceptional run of form since Jupp Heynckes took over as manager for the fourth time. Since Heynckes took the helm, Robben has started all 7 matches across all competitions and has only been subbed off once, when he was withdrawn after 86 minutes in Bayern's 2-0 Bundesliga victory over RB Leipzig. In those 7 matches, Robben has also registered two assists and a goal, which came in the 3-1 Der Klassiker triumph over Borussia Dortmund before the international break. He was also awarded Man of the Match on two occassions: in the 3-1 Der Klassiker win, as well as Bayern's 3-0 win over Celtic in the Champions League.

It was a savory finish from Robben at Dortmund in Der Klassiker:

At 33 years of age, questions have been asked of Robben's future with Bayern Munich, but Heynckes fully believes that the club should offer him a contract extension before the end of the season, when his current contract is set to expire. Speaking with Die Welt (via Goal), Heynckes offered his opinion on the former Dutch international when he was asked where Bayern should be looking in the transfer market:

Of course, I will say what I would do, and I also believe that the people in charge value my opinion. Arjen is having fun playing football again, and for me he is now better than ever at 33.

Even if his playing time decreases if he is, in fact, given a contract extension by the club, Heynckes believes that Robben's mere presence in the squad is significant enough, especially for some of the younger, less experienced players:

He is a great role model for young players who want to make a career, because many have talent, but do not know how to behave professionally. You don’t have to tell Arjen to do the exercises at 100 per cent, he does it anyway, you’re more likely to have to slow him down. He is unique, he does everything for his job. Arjen does not need to play anymore to make money, he plays because he enjoys it.

Regardless of if he gets an extension or not, he's already left quite the legacy at Bayern Munich, ranking among some of the greats:

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