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FC Tokyo confirm interest in Arjen Robben

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The future of Arjen Robben has been handed another twist with FC Tokyo being the latest club to announce their interest in the Dutch winger.

Robben announced in December that he will be ending his decade-long stay at Bayern Munich come to the end of this season and is yet to announce his future plans.

The 35-year-old has since been linked with a return to the Netherlands with old clubs PSV Eindhoven and Groningen in the Eredivisie along with many other sides.

Now a surprise contender in Japanese club FC Tokyo have come forward in their interest in making Robben the J-League’s latest star recruit following the arrivals of Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres and David Villa at Vissel Kobe.

“I can’t say that he’s on the table yet, but we’re gathering information,” An FC Tokyo executive told Japan Times.

“There won’t be any clubs that aren’t interested.”

FC Tokyo finished in sixth-place in the J-League and 19 points behind winners Kawasaki Frontale.

Since arriving in Germany in 2009, Robben has managed an impressive 143 goals and 101 assists in 305 appearances across all competitions for Bayern.

The former Netherlands international has won seven Bundesliga titles, five DFL-Supercups, four DFB-Pokals, a Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup at Bayern.

Robben spoke out on his future plans earlier this month and revealed his main focus is on returning to full fitness for Bayern after sustaining a thigh injury in November.

“On the contrary, I want to wait and concentrate on getting back into shape with Bayern,” said Robben.

“I do not know when but I have to make a decision. I will not wait until the end of the season,”

“I have a family and I have to plan. I repeat. I am privileged and I thank the clubs that are following me.”

Robben’s team-mate Sandro Wanger left the Bavarians today in favour of a switch to Chinese club Tianjin Teda.