Monday, July 16, 2007

Real Madrid bid for Chelsea player

Seeing an opening after the signing of Florent Malouda, Real Madrid have made a 13.5m pound bid for Chelsea winger Arjen Robben.

The newly crowned champions have been liked with Robben all summer but appear ready to bid now that the Blues have cover and the price may be more reasonable. While manager Jose Mourinho ruled a move out, I doubt Robben will stay.

Real’s president Ramon Calderon promised Cesc Fabregas and Robben during his election campaign. Fabregas has ruled out a move, and a certain amount of pressure is now on to sign the Dutch international.

Robben's agent and father Hans was the person who confirmed the Real bid. Robben indicated that talks over a new contract have not been positive and would be interested in leaving. I can imagine Robben will sense his starting chances diminish as well with Malouda’s capture. I have said for some time they should sell Robben, he's frail and injury prone and all around a bit of a wienie.

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