Arjen Robben has ended months of speculation over his future by penning a new deal that will keep him with Bayern Munich until 2015.
Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with making a move for the Dutch winger, who spent three years at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007 before signing for Real Madrid in a deal worth £24 million.
Robben had previously appeared unhappy in Germany and just yesterday newspaper reports suggested he was ready to listen to offers from Chelsea or Manchester City after a training ground bust up with Bayern team-mate Franck Ribery.
That clash meant Robben’s decision to sign a new deal was delayed, with club president Uli Hoeness admitting: “All I know is that he was just about to put pen to paper, and now that has all been postponed.”
The 28-year-old’s future with the Bundesliga giants was also thrown into doubt when Bayern legend Franz Becknebauer recently criticised him.
Manchester City were reportedly monitoring developments ahead of a potential swoop to take the Dutchman to the Etihad Stadium in the summer, while Chelsea’s interest was said to be more concrete.
However clear-the-air talks were held between both Bayern wingers, and Robben has agreed terms on the deal that puts an immediate end to speculation over his future.
Robben helped his current club knock Madrid out of the Champions League last month to secure a final showdown against Chelsea at Bayern’s Allianz Arena.