Bayern Munich superstar Arjen Robben has been tipped by some to leave the Bundesliga in the summer with AC Milan hot on the winger’s trail. Whilst Robben has been a key figure for the Bavarians in his two seasons at the club, the time may be right to part ways with him.
So here are the five reasons why Bayern should sell Robben:
5. Understand the fact that Robben is a journeyman
Arjen Robben has played and excelled at five different clubs over his illustrious career thus far, commencing at Groningen and then PSV in the Eredivisie, where he spent a combined total of four years at. From there, he earned a move to English giants Chelsea, followed by Real Madrid and now of course Bayern Munich. Spending three years in England with the Blues, making 103 appearances in that time, was the longest he spent at any club, and perhaps itís just proof that his time is up in Munich.
4. His negativity towards playing in the Europa League
Whilst a player of his calibre certainly deserves to be playing in Europeís elite competition the Champions League, Robben has made it clear that he has no interest with taking part in the Europa League, should Bayern qualify for it. The Dutchman recently declared that playing in the Europa League would be ìthe worst thing that could happen. Itíd be better not to play at all.î And with just seven rounds remaining in the Bundesliga, the Bavarians trail third placed Hannover by two points, meaning that CL football is no certainty for 2011-12.
3. Constant injury problems that continue to plague his career
Robben has had to deal with serious injuries throughout the entirety of his career, particularly this season, having missed the first three months with a serious thigh problem. Having only managed 13 appearances in all competitions this season, the Bayern hierarchy would be desperate to avoid a repeat of this in the future.
2. The time is right to cash in for Bayern
Robben has recently been strongly linked with a move to AC Milan, to join up with former team-mate Mark van Bommel in the Italian Serie A. And carrying on from the previous point, should the 2011-12 season be a similar one on the injury front for the winger, his price tag will be sure to dip, as many will start to question how long he has left at the top. Robben is undoubtedly at the peak of his powers at present, and failure to qualify for next seasonís Champions League will do little to help boost his credentials and price tag for the future (For Bayern Munich tickets, check out TixDaq).
1. Looking to the future
Bayern would be able to use the hefty transfer fee to invest in an up and coming winger looking to prosper in the fast improving Bundesliga, as well as a left and right back, which they definitely need to help support Phillipp Lahm. Whilst Robben has been a key to the success of the Bavarians over the past two seasons, the 2010 Champions League runner-ups have had to deal without him more often than not, meaning the time is right to look to the future in Munich.