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Latest update : 2009-08-28

The Dutch international and Real Madrid player Arjen Robben (photo) has signed a four-year deal with German heavyweight team Bayern Munich for an estimated 25 million euros. It is hoped the signing will improve Bayern's current league performance.

AFP - Bayern Munich announced on Friday they have completed the signing of Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben for an undisclosed fee.
   
The 25-year-old Robben, one of several Dutch players being sold by the Spanish giants, signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga club which has so far failed to make an impact in the league and currently lie 14th.
   
Robben is set to train with Bayern on Friday afternoon and could face Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, according to the German giants' boss Uli Hoeness on Thursday.
   
Reports said Bayern paid 25 million euros for Robben.
   
With Cristiano Ronaldo blocking Robben's path to the Real Madrid team, the Dutchman is expected to play a key role in helping Bayern get their stuttering season back on track.
   
The Bavarian giants who are coached by Dutchman Louis Van Gaal have struggled to their worst Bundesliga start in 43 years having taken just two points from their first three games and were humbled 2-1 by minnows Mainz on Saturday.
   
Robben's arrival would complement Bayern play-maker Franck Ribery, who is still a target of Real according to latest reports, and give the German giants more options in attack.

Date created : 2009-08-28

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