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Robben keeping future options open for now

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Arjen Robben plans to keep all options open for the time being after announcing he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season

The 34-year-old winger will end a nine-year stay with Bayern in June and will be free to join any club he desires or head into retirement.

Robben has since been linked with a reunion with his former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho at Manchester United along with a move to the MLS with Philadelphia Union.

But the Dutchman will not be rushing into any decisions as he enters the last seven months of his contract at Bayern.

“[My future’s] still open, anything could still happen. Now was the right time to announce my departure,” Robben told the club website.

“For the fans and the club, everything is clear and everyone knows it’s over at the end of the season.

“I have time to think about my future and what the next step will be. It’s possible that I’ll retire. It could also be good to continue if something interesting comes up.”

Despite his age, Robben continues to perform at an impressive level and recently scored a double in Bayern’s recent 5-1 Champions League over Benfica.

“I’m thankful that at 34 I can still perform at this level as a winger,” he added.

“That’s something special and it makes me happy. It would be different if someone said it wasn’t going well any-more and I had to stop. I think it’s better this way. It’s good.

“It’s a bit strange. We’re already talking about saying goodbye but the team has plenty of ambition and I do as well.

“It makes me happy to see that I can still deliver a top performance in a big European game against Benfica – and may that continue.

“I hope to play an important role right to the end to help the team. My goal is to leave with at least one trophy in the summer.”