Robben scored a sensational goal in Bayern’s 8-0 victory over Hamburg at the weekend.
Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben has confessed that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been influential figure, mainly due to being responsible for the most important move of his career.
Deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu despite his mercurial talent, Van Gaal brought Robben to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2009. In his first year, the Dutchman was crucial in what nearly turned out to be a treble winning season as Bayern did a domestic double, but they were defeated in the UEFA Champions League final by Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.
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Robben would later add the prized trophy to his collection, but he is forever grateful to his former club and national team boss.
“The best and most important step of my career was when I moved here – and Louis van Gaal brought me from Madrid to Bayern,” Robben told the Guardian.
“It was the best move of my career and it’s thanks to him. In the first year we reached the Champions League final [in 2010], which was a big surprise, and won the double in Germany. Van Gaal made me an important member of the team and fortunately I delivered.”
Robben has shone in a Bayern side aiming to rule the world once more, with the next stage of their journey to glory being tomorrow night against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League second round.