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Arjen Robben and Rafinha agree to one-year contract extensions

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It’s official: both Arjen Robben and Rafinha will play for Bayern Munich next season

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The last loose ends on the current roster have been tied up: per an official press release, long-time veterans Arjen Robben and Rafinha have agreed to sign one-year contract extensions with Bayern Munich, keeping them at the club until June 30, 2019. They will sign the documents in the next few days.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said,

We are very happy to extend these veteran players for another year, because both Arjen Robben and Rafinha play an important part in our plans for the coming season.

After his wish to have his contract situation clarified earlier in the season went unanswered, Robben had been slow to agree to the terms offered him by the club in mid-march, while teammate Franck Ribery swiftly signed. Rafinha had been angling for a two-year extension, but Bayern evidently sweetened the deal to make a single year impossible to refuse.

Robben has been at Bayern Munich since he transferred from Real Madrid in 2009, while Rafinha joined the club in 2011. Their mutual collection of silverware with the German record-champion, including the 2013 Champions League trophy, is impressive to say the least.