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May 3, 2012

Robben pens two-year Bayern extension

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with Bayern Munich, which will keep him at the Allianz Arena until 2015.

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Robben's future has been the subject of conjecture for many months with the Dutchman regularly refusing to commit to the Bavarians.

However, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Bayern Rummenigge claimed on Wednesday that "Arjen will stay at Bayern in the long-term" and so it has proved as the club officially announced on Thursday that a new deal has been signed.

"I've always emphasised that I feel very, very settled in Munich and at FC Bayern,'' Robben told the club's official website. "This is the reason I'm glad to extend my contract ahead of its expiry [in 2013].

"FC Bayern is like a family to me. Two of my three children were born in Munich, and my family and I feel at home here. This contract extension is also the right decision for me from a sporting perspective.

"We have a magnificent team, and I'm certain we'll enjoy the maximum possible footballing success in the years to come.''

Rummenigge added: "We're extremely pleased that we've extended Arjen's contract a year before its expiry by two further years until 2015. Arjen is a very important player for FC Bayern, and also a guarantee of the club's continuing success in the future.''

Robben, who joined the club from Real Madrid in 2009, has scored 17 goals this season to help Bayern to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga and a place in the Champions League final later this month.

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