The club’s CEO says the Dutchman has been key to their success over the last two seasons after a difficult start to life at the club
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the Bundesliga champions are reaping the rewards of being patient with Arjen Robben.
The Dutch winger returned to Bayern’s starting line-up to set up two goals in the 4-0 win over Paderborn on Tuesday night, but it his long-term impact that has really impressed Rummenigge.
“Arjen Robben is a significant reason that we have won eight titles in the last two years,” Rummenigge said. “He is a super player that no team can stop 100 per cent.”
However, the Bayern chief says it could have been so different had the club not backed the 30-year-old following his arrival from Real Madrid in 2009.
“From the first minute, Xabi Alonso has proven his leadership skills. But sometimes you have to have patience. Arjen Robben is a wonderful example of this.”
The former Chelsea winger endured two injury hit season’s in Munich and missed a penalty in extra-time during the 2012 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.
“I can remember what happened to him in 2012,” Rummenigge said. “This can make you or break you.”
Robben responded a year later by providing the assist for Mario Mandzukic’s opening goal before scoring himself in the 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
Bayern also went on to win the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup.
Following Robben’s return from a knee problem to face Paderborn on Tuesday, Rummenigge said: “I hope that he is spared from injury. We need him to achieve our goals.”
The Netherlands international has scored 90 goals and provided 63 assists in 170 games for Bayern.