Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben Hopes To Earn Contract Extension

The flying Dutchman has spoken of his fitness issues and feels that a sustained run in the side will help him regain his form, which he hopes will lead to the renewal of his terms
Arjen Robben has revealed that his primary intention is to remain at Bayern Munich after affirming his desire to be offered the opportunity to extend his current deal.

In an interview with Voetbal International on Saturday, the 27-year-old said that he is hopeful that he is on the right track towards overcoming his injury problems in order to negotiate renewing his current contract which expires upon the conclusion of next season.

"For me, [a contract extension can only be attained by] only two things: staying at peak fitness and playing games. But my intention is a contract extension, and that will come [in time].

"My current contract runs until 2013, but I'm open to a longer stay," he continued. "I feel very good at this club."

Robben's visits to the treatment table have been well documented throughout his career, but the winger claims that it was the persistent feeling of insecurity that affected his mentality on the playing field, rather than the physical nature of his injuries.

"I had pain for three months since start of the season. That came through a pubic bone inflammation, which was a complicated injury and arguably the worst I've ever had," said the Netherlands international.

"I was in so much pain. This permanent insecurity makes me mad," he continued. "Every day I had to wait and see if it had progressed. I'd have done everything to be fit, only to discover two days later it was not good again. It was very frustrating."

However, the future looks bright for the former Chelsea man, who came off the bench to score an encouraging brace in Bayern's 4-1 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, and he concluded by saying that the Bavarian giants are much improved from last season.

"The organisation of the team is good and our balance is now much better than last season's," said Robben. "We can now play with less intensity without conceding goals and in Manuel Neuer, we now have a world class keeper."

Bayern Munich moved one point clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga standings following the win.

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