Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has said that despite his initial misgivings, his move to the Bavarians was the best decision he made.
Speaking to Bayern's official website, the Dutchman spoke of his delight at how his career at the Allianz Area has panned out after initially worrying about his move to Munich.
Robben joined the Bundesliga side from Real Madrid back in 2009 for a fee of around £22m at the age of 25, although his career looked to be fizzling out as injuries continued to hamper his playing time.
The former Chelsea winger was not sure himself how the move to Munich was going to turn out, but can now reflect on what has turned out to be a fantastic decision.
When asked if he thought he'd last at Bayern, the 34-year-old said: “No, I didn't think so – but then again, yes. I'm always a realist, and I know the world of football is fast-moving. It could have been different.
“After my debut as a pro for Groningen I was at Eindhoven for two years. It was a big step for me in the Netherlands: to leave home at the age of 18. I went abroad when I was 20, three years at Chelsea, a big club. Then two years at Madrid.
“Then Bayern approached me and I made the decision. I was sceptical at the beginning, I didn't know whether it was the right decision. I can now say it was the best decision in my career.”
Robben has scored 138 goals in almost a decade with the German giants. He has also won seven Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal on four occasions, the Champions League, the UEFA Supercup and the DFL-Supercup twice with Bayern.
The former Netherlands international signed a one-year contract extension back in May, and looks likely to see out his career in Munich with the Bundesliga champions.