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By ESPN Staff
Aug 28, 2009

Robben signs four-year deal at Bayern Munich

New Bayern Munich signing Arjen Robben could make his debut in Saturday's Bundesliga clash with Wolfsburg after completing a move from Real Madrid.

The Dutch winger was given the number 10 shirt last worn at Bayern by his compatriot Roy Makaay after he passed a medical and signed a four-year contract in Munich.

The two clubs have agreed an undisclosed fee for the 25-year-old who could figure in Louis van Gaal's side immediately.

Robben was Van Gaal's number one transfer target this summer and his arrival should spark the Bavarians into action after a lacklustre start to the season.

A 2-1 defeat to Mainz last weekend ensured the worst start to a Bundesliga campaign in 43 years with just two points obtained from the first three matches, but that should now change, according to Van Gaal.

"I am very happy to have another creative player,'' said the Bayern coach. "He is an explosive player.''

Since Van Gaal has been tracking his compatriot all summer, he knows exactly where he will fit in his jigsaw, although he will not be restricted to the right-wing berth for which he has been earmarked with Franck Ribery on the left.

"I don't think we are restricted to only a 4-3-3 system. With Robben and Ribery, we can play different systems. We just need time in training to get the right blend.''

Robben will not have that much time to settle in if he is thrust straight into his debut tomorrow at the Allianz Arena, but Van Gaal insists he would have no qualms about playing him just 24 hours after he arrived in Munich.

"He is in a good condition so it is possible (that he plays),'' said Van Gaal. "I will first have a word with him.''

Robben said Bayern had "given me a good feeling'' from the moment they first signalled their interest in signing him. "I feel very welcome here,'' he told the club's website. "This is a big club with a great history and I am delighted to be here now.''

Robben's chances of being a regular in Real's star-studded side appeared to have reduced when Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka were both signed this summer, but the former Chelsea winger still seemed keen on giving it a go.

That was until Bayern firmed up their interest and offered him the opportunity to play on a more regular basis. "Everything went so quickly,'' he revealed. "There were a few things that I had to consider and in the end I decided that I would like to transfer to a big club like FC Bayern.''

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