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Mar 14, 2011

Robben not for sale 'at any price'

Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger has laughed off reports that the club would be willing to sell Arjen Robben to AC Milan, insisting that the Dutch star is not for sale "at any price".

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Robben, 27, has been in sensational form since returning from a long period on the sidelines in January and netted a hat-trick in Bayern's 6-0 demolition of Hamburg on Saturday.

But with Bavarians' boss Louis van Gaal set to leave the club in the summer, Robben has been tipped to follow his compatriot out of the exit door, with AC Milan reported to be favourites for his signature.

However, Nerlinger says there is no chance that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger will move away from the Allianz Arena at the end of the season.

"I can only laugh about these kind of rumours," Nerlinger told TZ. "It doesn't need any explanation that Arjen is not for sale at any price. There is absolutely no truth in these kind of rumours.

"Everybody saw again on Saturday how incredibly important Arjen is for this Bayern Munich [side]."

With Borussia Dortmund comfortably leading the Bundesliga at present, Bayern's chances of retaining their league title appear slim.

But the Bavarians have a great opportunity to progress in the Champions League this week when they welcome Inter Milan to Germany for their last-16 second leg clash, having won the first match 1-0 at the San Siro.

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