Robben signs new contract with Bayern Munich

Updated: May 04, 2012, 09:20 AM IST

Munich: Bayern Munich have announced that Arjen Robben has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him at the Allianz Arena until the summer of 2015.

The Netherlands international`s previous deal had been due to expire in June 2013 and the winger has been linked with a number of top European clubs in recent months.

However, while there was talk earlier this week that the negotiations over a new contract had stalled, Robben has now committed himself to the Bavarian giants for a further two years.

"I`ve always said that I am happy in Munich with FC Bayern," the Dutchman told the club`s official website. "For this reason, I liked the idea of extending my contract early.

"Bayern is like a family for me. Two of my three children were born in Munich and my family and I feel at home here."

"Also, in a sporting sense, this extension is the right decision for me. We have a great team and I am sure that we will enjoy further success together in the coming years."

Unsurprisingly, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was both thrilled and relieved that the much-coveted Robben had decided to commit his future to the Bundesliga outfit.

"We are very happy to have extended Arjen Robben`s contract until 2015," the former West Germany international stated.

"Arjen is very important for Bayern and he guarantees a successful future for the club."

Robben, who scored a crucial penalty in the Bavarians` Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid, joined Bayern from Los Blancos in 2009.

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