The Dutchman is said to have been deemed surplus to requirements by incoming Bavarian coach Pep Guardiola but the winger has rubbished reports of a move to the Etihad
Arjen Robben has dismissed speculation linking him with Manchester City, saying he has no desire to leave Bayern Munich.
It has been claimed that incoming Roten coach Pep Guardiola has already deemed the Netherlands international surplus to requirements, prompting further speculation that the winger could end up returning to England.
City are said to be interested, but Robben insists that there is no truth in the reports, which have come as a most unwelcome distraction for the former Chelsea star in the lead-up to this month’s Champions League final clash with Borussia Dortmund.
“I still have two years on my deal so why should I leave?” the 29-year-old asked reporters during a press conference on Tuesday. “It is all about performance on the pitch and in the past games I have shown I can contribute here at Bayern.
“There has been so much speculation in the past month but I am concentrated only on one thing and that is Bayern. All these rumours have come up way too often during recent weeks.
“We want to win the title on May 25 and that is the only thing that counts.”
Bayern are the favourites for the continental tournament decider, having routed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the last four.
Consequently, Robben is in a bullish frame of mind ahead of the Bavarians’ Wembley showdown with Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, who saw off Real Madrid in the last four.
“We want, and are expecting, to win the final,” he declared. “We will do everything we can to achieve that. We do not think we can lose this match.”
Robben, who has been capped 63 times by Netherlands, joined Bayern from Real Madrid in 2009.