With his current contract at Bayern Munich set to expire at the end of the season, Arjen Robben has admitted to given a thought to an end-of-career-switch to either the money-spinning Chinese Super League or the Major League Soccer in the United States of America even though the Bavarians are willing to discuss a contract extension.
“That (move to China or the USA) is exactly the topic at home, at the kitchen table when I talk to my family or to my friends,” he said.
“It is now a phase in which I have to make decisions. A few years ago, that was usually relatively clear, but the end is approaching and I have so many thoughts – this is not easy, but it is exciting.
“There are many opportunities open. Some things I’ve already checked off in my head, but I’ll keep that to myself.”
At 34, Robben thinks he still has two more years at the top left in him but is not getting worried about his Bayern Munich future as he approaches the end of his contract.
Robben has been at Bayern since 2009, when he was cast aside by Real Madrid, and although injuries have been a regular hindrance, he has enjoyed an immensely successful time in Bavaria.
While Bayern could ultimately say they are not willing to give him an extension, Robben feels “very fit” and will not give too much thought to the future of coach Jupp Heynckes – who’s due to step down at the end of the season – when making a decision of his own.
“Of course, this decision is not completely independent from that,” Robben told Sportbuzzer.
“The coach is the one you work with every day, but I have such an open and honest communication with all those responsible here that I am not worried at all.
“The club will have a plan and then I and the club have to decide if and how it goes on.
“At the moment I feel very fit, very good and believe that I can play at the highest level for another year or two – that’s my goal too.”