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Arjen’s trophy quest

‘I’m delighted to be here in Munich’

Arjen Robben has not yet seen a great deal of his new home city. “A little bit around Grünwald,” said the Dutchman, who joined Bayern last August from Real Madrid. And even though Louis van Gaal gave his players two days off at the beginning of this week, the player has not added to his stock of knowledge about the Bavarian capital.

On day one, he reported to the Säbener Strasse for physio and massage, the 26-year-old revealed on Thursday. Robben is exceptionally respectful of his physique, reflecting his determination to deliver the goods even while playing twice a week. “On the other day, I shopped for my son’s birthday and I took the family to the zoo, which was nice.”

Hunger for trophies

However, despite a certain lack of local knowledge, Munich has already become more than merely a place of employment for Arjen, largely thanks to FCB. “Bayern is a family club, who’ve done everything imaginable for me and my family right from the start. We feel very settled here,” he said. His new baby daughter was born in Munich three weeks ago. “I felt welcome right from the start and sensed great faith in my ability to become a key player in the team.” Robben was only ever promised a squad role in Madrid.

The player has repaid the club’s faith with stellar performances and crucial goals in recent weeks. FCB made the cup final thanks to his stunning solo effort against Schalke, and blistering strikes against Fiorentina and Manchester United saw Bayern through successive rounds of the Champions League. He is FCB’s top Bundesliga scorer on 11 goals. “I’m delighted to be here in Munich,” the winger declared, “I want success with this team.”