Arjen Robben comes out of retirement to re-sign for Groningen

Former Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has come out of retirement to sign for Eredivisie side Groningen.

The 36-year-old had called time on his illustrious career after helping Bayern Munich win a Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in 2018-19.

Arjen Robben standing in front of a crowd: Arjen Robben during an exhibition match in October 2019

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Arjen Robben during an exhibition match in October 2019

However, a change of heart has led the former Netherlands international to making a sentimental return to the club where he started his career.

Robben, who had been spotted training with Bayern recently, explained he wants to play his part in helping Groningen recover following the coronavirus pandemic.

“The club can use any help during this period to get through the corona crisis,” he told their website.

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“I myself have also participated in various actions and also thought about what else I could do for our FC. 

“In recent weeks I have had many consultations with people within the club and perhaps the most listened to the action of the supporters, ‘Arjen, follow your heart’.

“A return as a player of FC Groningen – it started to itch and now it’s my mission. I’m working on a comeback as a footballer. 

“I don’t know yet whether this will work. What I do know is that it will not depend on my commitment and motivation.”

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