Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben hints he could retire in 2018
Arjen Robben recently signed a new deal with German giants Bayern Munich but it could well be his last after he acknowledged he is coming to the end of his illustrious career.
Arjen Robben has suggested that he could hang up his boots when his Bayern Munich contract runs out in the summer of 2018.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger recently signed a 12-month contract extension with the German giants at the beginning of this year but it could well be his last after he acknowledged he is coming to the end of his illustrious career.
The 33-year-old has yet to make a final decision on whether he will keep playing after 2018 but he did say that when he does retire, he wants to return to boyhood club Groningen in some capacity.
Arjen Robben has enjoyed an illustrious career for Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich
ARJEN ROBBEN'S CLUB HONOURS
Dutch Super Cup: 2003
Premier League: 2004-05; 2005-06
FA Cup: 2006-07
League Cup: 2004-05; 2006-07
Community Shield: 2005
Real Madrid: 2007-09
La Liga: 2007-08
Spanish Super Cup: 2008
Bayern Munich: 2009-present
Bundesliga: 2009-10; 2012-13; 2013-14; 2014-15; 2015-16; 2016-17
German Cup: 2009-10; 2012-13; 2013-14; 2015-16
German Super Cup: 2010; 2012; 2016
UEFA Champions League: 2012-13
UEFA Super Cup: 2013
FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
'I am approaching the end of my career, that is the reality,' Robben told Kicker.
'More and more, I am starting to look forward to whatever is coming my way after my career.
'I am very relaxed, I am not worried too much about what will happen in 2018. I am just focusing on the here and now.
'The one thing I know for sure is that I will return to Netherlands after my career, to Groningen. I still have close ties with my boyhood club. I might be able to do something there.
'But I want six months away from the game first and just don't do anything at all.'
Robben enjoyed another successful season at the top level, scoring 13 goals and registering nine assists in 26 Bundesliga matches last season to help Bayern claim yet another league title in easy fashion.
If he does retire at the end of the next campaign, Robben will be hoping to go out on a high by helping fire his team to the Champions League after Carlo Ancelotti's side endured a disappointing campaign in Europe.
They were defeated in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League by Zinedine Zidane's side, who went on to beat Juventus emphatically in the final and successfully defend their title.
Robben scored 13 goals in 26 matches to help fire Bayern to another Bundesliga title