Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Arjen Robben following the Dutch winger’s performance in the DFB-Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund, in which he scored the all-important opening goal.
Bayern went on to win the game 2-0 and subsequently claim the trophy which completed a domestic double as well as being the Bavarian club's fourth trophy of the season.
Robben, who has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United where he would link up with current Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal, has played a key part in that success and Guardiola was keen to emphasise the importance of the 30-year-old’s contribution:
"He is a world-class player with whom I am very satisfied,” Guardiola said following the DFB-Pokal final victory.
"He was probably our most important forward this year, together with (Mario) Mandzukic.
"I love working with him."
Saturday’s strike took Robben to 21 goals in all competitions for the season alongside fourteen assists and Sporting Director Matthias Sammer also took the opportunity to sing the praises of the Dutchman:
"Arjen is the consummate professional who has gone through everything for us since 2012. Every day in training, every day, he is professional", Sammer told the clubs official website.
"There is no higher praise to give him."
Robben’s five years in Germany is the longest spell he’s ever had with a club following stints with Groningen, PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid and he has spoken highly of the current coach Guardiola.
Ahead of the Champions League quarter-final tie against United Robben said:
“Guardiola is very demanding. He asks a lot from his players. Every day it is so intense. But I love that.
“This manager is tactically so strong.
“The chances of winning more trophies in the next few years are huge.”
Given the player’s apparent happiness and the high regard in which he’s held a move would seem unlikely although Robben did come close to joining United once before when he left PSV Eindhoven in 2004.
The left-footed winger visited Old Trafford, had a tour of the training facilities and a deal to bring the Dutchman to Manchester was believed to have been in place before an 11th hour approach from Chelsea, led by former Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon, changed the Dutchman's mind.
Whether he feels there is a case of unfinished business remains to be seen and the opportunity to link up with Van Gaal will no doubt be an attractive one to his compatriot.
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