Arjen Robben backtracks on China criticism

Arjen Robben backtracks on China criticism


Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has backtracked on criticism he made of players moving to China, declaring he does not have an issue with the sprawling football nation.

The Dutchman had previously questioned players who moved the Asian nation, suggesting it is not an ideal location to be playing football.

But now, Robben insists he has no problem with players chasing the riches of China. He admitted, however, the chances of him moving there are minimal.

“In 2018 everything is possible. Money isn’t a consideration,” Robben told German publication kicker.

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“I’ve always made decision for sporting reasons, and I’ll continue to do that until the end.

“At the moment, China isn’t an issue at all for me. The chances of me moving to China are minimal.

“But I’ve also learnt that you should never rule out anything in your career.

“There’s so much money circulating in China that the Chinese are forcing players to at least think about their offers.”

In the same interview, 33-year-old Robben, who has just renewed his Bayern contract by one year, hinted he could consider retirement at the end of his deal.

“I’ve never looked far into the future, therefore I’m super happy with the year extension,” he added.

“I’m no longer the youngest. If I was 29 or 30, just an additional year’s deal would be a bad sign.

“But with this we can look at it again next winter. Perhaps then I’ll think this is the end.”