Arjen Robben: I turned down Juventus by text

The Netherlands international opted against leaving his current side for the Serie A champions 18 months ago but was told "the door would always be open".
Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben says he rejected the chance to join Juventus in the summer of 2012.

The Italians champions were hoping to lure the Netherlands international to Serie A some 18 months ago, but while the winger was quick to thank the Bianconeri for their interest, he did not hesitate to commit his future to Bayern.

"Turning down Juventus had nothing to do with Juve. I was feeling very well at Bayern, just like now. That is why the transfer never happened," Robben told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Juventus are a fantastic club and it is always an honor when a major club like that shows an interest in signing you.

"I've been pretty straightforward with Juventus. I texted them to say that I felt honored but wanted to stay at Bayern. They responded by saying that the door would always be open for me. A few other Italian teams were after me in the past, but I always felt good at the clubs I was with at the time."

The 30-year-old has a contract with Bayern until June 2015 but is expected to sign a two-year extension soon.