Robben stalls on new contract after getting chinned by Ribery
Published 22:27 21/04/12 By Bill Mills
Arjen Robben is refusing to have contract talks with Bayern Munich.
The Holland international had a dressing room fight with team-mate Franck Ribery after the Champions League semi final with Real Madrid last Tuesday.
Robben was hit in the face by a punch from the Frenchman, following a blistering row over who was taking the Bayern free kick.
Robben appeared with a lump under his eye at training the following day. Bayern announced that they have handed Ribery the biggest fine in the club’s history.
But Robben wants more action. He insists the club make a public statement on the incident. Earlier this season Ribery was angry with Robben for being too selfish. Then the club stood behind Ribery and threw Robben out of the team.
The unrest at Bayern has made Robben think twice about signing a new contract. If the club does not back him up more, he will leave.
Robben revealed earlier this year he would love to return to London, where he enjoyed his time at Chelsea.
Robben has had numerous offers from Italy, but he does not want to go there. He turned Juventus down last week with a text message, telling them he is not interested in their invitation to open contract talks.