Robben quit talk dismissed

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Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:20:00

Bayern Munich midfielder Arjen Robben has no intention of retiring, according to his father and advisor Hans Robben.

The 28-year-old former Chelsea and Real Madrid star told a Dutch television channel that retirement "haunts my thoughts and not just now".

Robben's career has been blighted by a series of injuries and he has succumbed to injury at least once in each of the last eight years.

"I have wanted to give away my football boots and finish (my career)," said the Holland international. "I have a litany of injuries as high as the ceiling. That makes me very sad sometimes."

Robben is currently on the sidelines once again after suffering a hamstring problem at the end of September and that has only added to his frustration.

"The pain comes out of my back and radiates into the hamstring. I have no date for a return to playing. I assume it will take a long time," he added.

However Hans Robben moved quickly to play down any talk of retirement.

"He will play for Bayern again as soon as possible," said Robben senior, while admitting his son was "a little frustrated".

"But he will not retire in any case, he is working hard on his comeback at Bayern."

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