FC Groningen have announced on their website that Arjen Robben is trying for a comeback for the coming Eredivisie season. The 36-year old winger retired in the summer of last year, but after training for several weeks has now decided to give it a final shot with the club the started his long career with.
“The club can use all the help they can get to get through the coronacrisis. I have also participated in several activities and thought about what else I could do for our football club,” said Robben. “I have had several talks with people from within the club and maybe listened the most to the actions for the fans: ‘Arjen, follow your heart!‘” On Sunday the 28th of June, the Dutchman will announce what his plans are in a press conference.
The former international started in FC Groningen’s youth academy at the age of 12. In 2000 he made his debut for de Trots van het Noorden in a game against RKC Waalwijk. After only two seasons, Robben made the step to Dutch top team PSV and continued to impress. This was rewarded with transfers to Europe’s biggest teams, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, ending his career with the latter.
Credits to the FC Groningen website for the picture.