It has been more than eight years since he left the Santiago Bernabeu and Spain to continue his career at Bayern Munich, it proved to be a fantastic move after all, but back then, it didn’t feel like that, Arjen Robben admitted.
It felt like a step backwards at the time. Bayern had no international success in the years before I joined and my goal was actually to play at the best possible level, which would have meant winning the Champions League
the Dutchman told UEFA’s website, looking back on those days that he had to decide if he would agree on that move or not.
It was a tough decision. Real Madrid was one of the biggest teams in the world. There was no way to return
Robben said, before adding the… self-evident, that things, after all, turned out just great for him (and Bayern).
Moving to Bayern went well; my wish was to work with Louis van Gaal. That was the best time of my career
the Dutch winger said, having won all trophies possible with Bayern, including the Champions League, and hoping for more, feeling very well, despite his 33 years and the several serious injuries he has dealt with in his career.