Latest Transfer Update at 03-04-11
Robben - won't be sold.
BAYERN WON'T SELL ROBBEN
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out selling Arjen Robben in the summer, even if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.
The Bavarians are currently two points adrift of third-placed Hannover in the Bundesliga table with seven games remaining and they host bottom-placed Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday knowing they cannot afford to drop any more points.
Robben recently admitted he would not be keen on playing in the Europa League.
However, Rummenigge has made it clear to the Dutchman that, if Bayern do have to play in Europe's second-tier competition next term, he will have to grin and bear it like everybody else.
"We all want to play in the Champions League and must now do everything we can to still make it," Rummenigge told the Bild newspaper.
"But one thing is 100% certain and that is that Arjen Robben will be playing for FC Bayern next season, no matter what happens."
Robben yesterday expressed his commitment to Bayern, saying he was "really happy" to be with them and that he "would love to stay here".
It is now up to him and his team-mates to ensure Bayern can dream of playing in next season's Champions League final in their own Allianz Arena stadium, and Robben should be fit to face Monchengladbach tomorrow as the team look to keep those hopes alive.
"I had a really good week," he said. "I have trained fully with the team twice and it is looking good for tomorrow."
However, defender Daniel van Buyten misses out with a thigh strain which sidelines him for a fortnight.
Monchengladbach will not make life easy for Bayern tomorrow since they also need the points to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation, but they have only managed to beat Bayern once in 42 previous meetings.
"Bayern are currently the strongest team in Germany," said Gladbach coach Lucien Favre.
However, the Foals are not without a chance in Bavaria tomorrow, according to their director of sport Max Eberl.
"We should not put Bayern onto a pedestal - they are certainly not unbeatable this season," he said.
"We must not become star-struck. We may not have planned on getting points against Bayern before the season, but it is still possible to get something."
Logan Bailly will return between the posts for Gladbach, with 18-year-old Marc-Andre ter Stegen unavailable.