Robben hopes Alonso will extend contract despite retirement talk
Having just signed a new contract of his own, the Bayern Munich winger is keen to see his team-mate decide against calling an end to his career
Arjen Robben is keen to see Xabi Alonso follow his lead and extend his stay at Bayern Munich amid reports that the Spaniard is set to retire.
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Alonso’s deal at the Allianz Arena runs out at the end of this season and Sport Bild claims that he will call time on his career upon its expiration.
However, Robben – who penned a one-year extension earlier in January – hopes that the 35-year-old, who has won two Champions Leagues, a pair of European Championships and the World Cup during a decorated career, stays on with the German giants.
“I think it’s still not clear. Xabi is two years older than me. He has to decide if he wants to continue his career,” Robben told reporters.
“He has already had an unbelievable career and won every title but he has to make a decision with the club.
“Xabi is a true professional and he fits in our team. He still has a lot of qualities and I would be happy if he would stay another year but that’s not my decision.”
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Having agreed an extension to his Bayern deal until June 2018, Robben is not ruling out doing the same again next year.
“I am happy that I extended my contract for one year. We have still got this season and so I still have one-and-a-half years in front of me,” said the Dutchman.
“I already said that I want to play as long as I can on that level. Maybe next year, if the situation is good, I am feeling good and I had a good year, I can imagine extending my contract for one year again.
“But that’s so far in the future. Right now I am only busy with football and I am happy that the contract talks are finished and we can concentrate on the second half of the season.”
Bayern hold a three-point advantage over RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga and return to action away at Freiburg on Friday.