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Exclusive: Robben’s first interview

‘I'm really happy that I've signed here’

FCB general manager Uli Hoeneß only confirmed the club’s interest in Arjen Robben on Thursday afternoon – and by late Friday morning, the Dutch ace was a Bayern player. The 25-year-old has switched from Real Madrid to Munich, and will now spend the next four seasons going for goal in a red shirt, possibly starting against Wolfsburg on Saturday. After inking his new contract, Arjen stopped by for an interview with FCB.tv.

Interview: Arjen Robben

fcbayern.de: Arjen, welcome to Munich! To us it looked like a very fast decision. We heard about it yesterday, today you already signed the contract. Was it really such a fast decision? What did the last days look like for you here?
Arjen Robben: Yeah, it was fast, it all happened fast. Of course it was also a very hectic week for me. I had some things to think about, and in the end I decided that I wanted to come here and play for this great club, and after that it all happened very fast.

fcbayern.de: You’re known as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, so you could probably have gone to any football club in the world. Why Bayern Munich?
Robben: Well, from the first minute we made contact they gave me a really warm feeling and they made me really feel welcome at this club. My father came here, had a good meeting, and was also convinced that it was best for me to come here. And of course it's a great club with a great history. I'm really happy that I've signed here.

fcbayern.de: Was it a factor that there are some fellow countrymen in this club already? The coach, Louis van Gaal, for example.
Robben: Yeah, I think it also plays a role, I think the coach, van Gaal, is a very good coach for me. He's one of the few coaches today you can learn from as an individual player, so that was a very important thing. And of course van Bommel, who I've known for a very long time, and he helped me come here as well.

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