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Robben contract snub alerts English suitors

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Bayern Munich ace Arjen Robben is set to snub a new contract at the German snub, opening the door for a second stint in the Premier League.

The flying Dutch winger was linked with a number of top flight English clubs, including Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, before it became clear he was close to extending his stay in Germany.

However, talks broke down after Robben took exception to Bayern's handling of his half-time argument with teammate Franck Ribery during their Champions League first-leg victory over Real Madrid.

According to talkSPORT, Robben will turn down Bayern's offer because he is unhappy at the German club's failure to back him over the incident with his French colleague.

Robben and his agent, who is also his father, are set to reject Bayern's advances now and could instead explore options elsewhere. The Dutchman enjoyed a successful spell at Stamford Bridge earlier in his career and could opt for a second spell in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old former Chelsea winger had been on the verge of signing an extension until 2015 as his current deal expires in June 2013. As a result, Bayern may chose to sell the winger this summer to avoid him leaving on a free a year later. Should that be the case Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham would most likely renew their interest.

Bayern's president Uli Hoeness confirmed contract talks had stalled.

"All I know is that he was just about to put pen to paper, and now that has all been postponed," said Hoeness.

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