Bayern Munich are the most dominant team in world football right now, and they took measures to prolong that dominance on Wednesday as they agreed to a two-year contract extension with midfielder Arjen Robben, according to the club's official Twitter account:
The 30-year-old Dutchman has been a key player for the Bavarians since joining them in 2009, and he will continue to make an impact through 2017 after tacking on two years to his current deal.
Per the official press release regarding Robben's signing, the dynamic Netherlands product couldn't be happier about remaining with Bayern.
I'm delighted we've now signed the new contract and I'll continue pursuing trophies with FC Bayern. I'm now in my fifth season in Munich and there will be three more after this. There can be no better indication of how happy my family and I feel to be here and how much I enjoy playing for this club and with this team. I'm looking forward to the years ahead-- and to plenty more trophies with FC Bayern.
The Bavarians are coming off the first treble in the history of German football thanks largely to Robben's contributions, and there is reason to believe that they can repeat the feat this year.
Robben was the Man of the Match in Bayern's Champions League Final victory over Borussia Dortmund last year as he scored the game winner in the 89th minute. He will always be revered by Bayern fans because of that goal, but FC Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that the extension is about much more than that.
We're extremely pleased Arjen has extended his contract with us until 2017. Arjen is a magnificent player. He's proved his worth to FC Bayern and not just in the Champions League Final at Wembley. Arjen is a fundamentally important member of the team and will now remain so for the years to come.
During Robben's tenure at Bayern, no player in the Bundesliga has been a more consistent offensive force, per WhoScored.com:
Arjen Robben: Has averaged a goal or assist more often than any other player (10+ apps) in the Bundesliga in the last 5 seasons (80.3 mins)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 19, 2014
Robben has been a productive player when healthy for Bayern this season with 10 goals and five assists in 20 Bundesliga matches. Injuries have been somewhat of a concern, though, as he missed several weeks with a knee ailment.
The Bavarians boast such a deep squad that they have managed to thrive without him, but they will need him on the pitch as the stage gets bigger and brighter.
Robben hasn't shown any clear signs of decline, so extending his contract was an obvious move on Bayern's part. Even if he isn't the same player at the end of the contract as he is now, it was worth extending him in order to keep the fanbase happier.
With Robben, Bayern management and Bayern fans seemingly thrilled about the situation, the focus can now shift to the Bavarians adding even more hardware to their already stuffed trophy case.
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