Robben: I considered retiring

The former Real Madrid star has revealed that his ongoing physical difficulties almost prompted him to say farewell to the game on more than one occasion
Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben has admitted that he has had moments where he considered hanging up his boots due to his ongoing injury problems.

The Netherlands international has endured a number of serious injuries throughout his career, and the 28-year-old seriously thought about quitting the game just to put his physical issues behind him.

"I have had so many injuries throughout my career. It occasionally makes me a bit sad," Robben was quoted as saying by NOS.

"To be honest, I have thought about hanging up my boots more than once. It's a rather rigorous thought, but it's a consideration I've had, and not only at this point."

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal recently stressed that Robben is a regular for Oranje if he is fit, and the Bayern star is pleased with the faith shown in him.

"That really was a boost for me. Those are the kind of things that really help you when you're going through a difficult period.

"I personally thanked the coach for the faith shown in me. It feels really well."

Robben has made six official appearances for Bayern this term, but is yet to find the net.