Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben has reportedly won his battle to avoid the Bernabeu axe this summer, after convincing the Spanish giants that he deserves a place in their squad this season. The 25-year-old has made 50 league appearances for the Bernabeu outfit - scoring 11 times - since arriving from Chelsea in 2007. However, following the expensive acquisitions of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso, Real are thought to be open to offers for Dutch quintet Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Roysten Drenthe and Ruud van Nistelrooy, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has already joined AC Milan. Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Fenerbahce have been linked with a move for the former PSV star. But following an impressive pre-season, in which he has scored three times and bagged two assists, Robben is now likely to remain in the Spanish capital in 2009/10. The Dutchman starred in a recent 5-0 friendly win over Borussia Dortmund, scoring one goal, setting up another and winning a penalty for a third after coming on as a second-half substitute. The performance prompted Spanish daily AS to report: "His fighting spirit to stay on and compete for a place in the first team has also won over the hearts of the fans, a majority of whom wants him to stay." NEWS: Fenerbahce ready approach for Robben NEWS: Robben shrugs off exit rumours REAL MADRID FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: Q&A Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Raul, Robinho, Fabio Cannavaro, Fabio Capello, Samuel Eto'o One on One Michael Owen, Ronaldo, Nicolas Anelka, David Beckham Web Exclusives Guus Hiddink And Another Thing Best league in the world? Sing When You’re Winning Rafael Nadal My Secret Vice Michel Salgado Perfect XI Gheorghe Hagi Plus! Rate Real players (and others) on Talentspotter
21 August 2009
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