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Robben returns

Arjen: Guardiola's praise makes me proud

Arjen Robben is back! Bayern's treble-winning hero arrived at the team base in Riva del Garda on Saturday evening, looking tanned and fully recovered from the exertions of last season, as he told in his first interview of the new season: “I really enjoyed the holiday with my family and did nothing but relax."

Robben will train under new boss Pep Guardiola for the first time on Sunday, and the winger is really looking forward to it: “He's a great coach, and I've heard he throws himself into training and talks a lot with the players. I'm really excited." It's a sentiment shared by Guardiola, who recently called the Dutchman “a gift to me." Robben naturally knew about the coach's comment: “It's a terrific compliment and it does make me a little proud."

Interview: Arjen Robben Welcome back Arjen! How was your vacation?
Arjen Robben: Very, very good. I really enjoyed the holiday with my family and did nothing but relax, which was essential after last season.

Were you still dreaming about all the trophies?
Of course! And people kept asking me about it, of course. But even now, it hasn't really completely sunk in. It's going to take a couple of months. We've achieved something that will remain for eternity, and that's the best thing of all.