Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Bayern Munich and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben must be more honest with referees during matches. The Dutch superstar was criticised after winning a controversial last-gasp penalty against Mexico in the World Cup last 16 on Sunday - and Mourinho feels he is one of a group of players who are actively attempting to deceive match officials.
Robben, who turned 30 last January, worked under Mourinho for three years at Stamford Bridge. And although the Blues’ boss feels that defenders do actively target Robben, he has little sympathy for the winger when it comes to the issue of diving.
Mourinho: Robben must be more honest
Mourinho was quoted by The Sun as saying: ”I also know that because of his speed and because of his creativity he is punished a lot with fouls by opponents who cannot stop him.
“I also know that sometimes he tries to get an advantage and he tries to win a free kick or he tries to get a penalty.
“I think it’s important for the players to help the referees.
“To help the referees is to be honest on the pitch. To help the referee is to be pure and the try to win the right way.
“But the reality is that not every player behaves that way and referees have a difficult job.”
Arjen Robben: World Cup Golden Ball contender
Robben, despite his penalty box theatrics, has been sensational over the last few weeks at the World Cup finals in Brazil. The attacker currently has three World Cup goals to his name, as well as a couple of assists, and is expected to be in the running for the coveted Golden Ball accolade.
While he may be on the wrong side of 30, Robben remains one of the most dynamic world-class performers on the planet. Subsequently, at least one of Europe’s biggest clubs are keen to sign him this summer.
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Manchester United interest in Robben
That Robben has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United over recent months comes as little surprise, due to the Red Devils hiring Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal as their new manager.
Robben, however, insists that he has no plans to leave the Allianz Arena for Old Trafford. But despite his comments, rumours persist that United will make a move in the near future. A €50 million bid has been mooted, but whether the Premier League giants would agree to pay that much for a 30-year-old is doubtful.
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