A very speculative report by The Japan Times indicated that FC Tokyo is considering a pursuit of Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben. Robben will not be back with the Bavarians next season after his contract expires and there has been a lot of interest by fans and pundits alike in where the legend will continue his career.
FC Tokyo is looking into the possible acquisition of Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben this summer, sources said Tuesday. “I can’t say that he’s on the table yet, but we’re gathering information. There won’t be any clubs that aren’t interested,” an FC Tokyo club executive said.
Sky Sports reporter Torben Hoffmann, however, quickly hit Twitter to dismiss any chance that Robben is ready to make a formal commitment.
Das @ArjenRobben vor einem möglichen Engagement in Japan steht ist Quatsch und ein Gerücht! Das bestätigte Vater Robben@SkySportNewsHD— Torben Hoffmann (@Sky_Torben) January 29, 2019
Weiter sagte er:
„Er will erstmal wieder fit werden und eine Entscheidung über seine Zukunft ist noch nicht gefallen“ @SkySportDE @FCBayern
The idea that @ArjenRobben may make a potential move to Japan is nonsense and a rumor! This was confirmed by Robben’s father to @SkySportNewsHD. He also says: “He first wants to get fit again and no decision about his future has been made yet.” @SkySportDE @FCBayern
Already linked to Inter Milan, FC Groningen (his hometown club), an PSV Eindhoven, Robben will certainly have plenty of suitors despite being 35. [There is also the BFW-led grassroots campaign to convince Robben that he would love the Philadelphia Union.]
Be that as it may, the Dutchman has shown that he has plenty left to offer on the pitch with a solid showing so far this season. Just yesterday, Robben returned to team training on a partial basis, which represents progress on his quest to return from a lingering thigh issue.