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If Robben and Ribéry leave Bayern Munich, they will go as club legends

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry are 34 and out of contract this summer. It may be time for Bayern Munich to bid them farewell

By Jason Humphreys for Englische Woche

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry joined Bayern Munich while on different career trajectories. Robben was only 25 when fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal brought him to the Bundesliga, but it seemed as if he had been around for a lot longer. Having caught the eye while playing for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie and for Holland at Euro 2004, Robben joined Chelsea in the same summer José Mourinho moved to the club. In their three seasons together, they won every possible domestic honour, including back-to-back Premier League titles.

Robben’s success in England took him to Real Madrid, where he won La Liga in 2007-08, his first season in Spain. With Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team becoming the new dominant force, Bernd Schuster and then Juande Ramos were hired and then fired as quickly by Real Madrid. Ramos lasted just six months at the Bernabéu but he did one thing of great significance when he moved Robben from the left flank to the right. The left-footed Robben soon found his most effective weapon: to run at defenders down the wing then turn inside and shoot into the far corner, a move he has almost patented by now.

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