MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Bayern Muenchen and SL Benfica at Fussball Arena Muenchen on November 27, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

FC Groningen director Hans Nijland admits they would love to bring back Arjen Robben to the club after 16 years away

The 34-year-old winger announced over the weekend that he will be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Robben has since declared that his future plans are yet to be sorted, amid reported interest from Manchester United and Philadelphia Union.

However, Nijland hopes that Robben will instead follow in the footsteps of his former Holland teammates Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt by finishing his career with his boyhood club.

“It would be the ultimate dream if he ended his career at FC Groningen,” Nijland told Dagblad Noorden.

“We’ve had contact. Arjen’s father, Hans, informed me about the decision to leave Bayern on Sunday afternoon.

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“But we’re down to earth and know our place. We’re talking about one of the best footballers in the world.

“I think it would be really great if Arjen could do something for the club in the future in any way.”

Nijland added in the interview that he had sent Robben a text message on Monday morning.

The Dutchman spent two seasons at Groningen, where he managed 12 goals and five assists in 52 appearances before leaving for PSV Eindhoven in 2002.

Robben has also played for Chelsea and Real Madrid in his playing career.