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Fri Apr 25 01:54:18 SAST 2014

Bayern shirk talk of Robben permanently on the substitutes' bench

Teamtalk media | 04 October, 2011 17:240 Comments
FC Bayern Muenchen Attends Oktoberfest 2011
Arjen Robben of FC Bayern Muenchen and wife Bernadien Robben attend the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 2, 2011 in Munich, Germany
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Talk of Arjen Robben's reserve role at Bayern Munich has club president Uli Hoeness and manager Karl-Heinz Rummenigge nonplussed.

Robben hasn't taking kindly to his spot on the substitutes' bench of late following his return from a month-long injury lay-off.

The Bavarians, though, have not fared too badly without the 27-year-old, having extended their unbeaten run to ten matches with a goalless draw against Hoffenheim at the weekend.

In response to the media coverage suggesting Robben's back-up role for Bayern, Hoeness told Kicker: "It is an absolute cheek from some ignorant people.

"In previous years, the question has always been asked what FC Bayern are worth without Robben, and now he should not even have a place in the team.

"It cannot be true. It's the joke of the year."

The Holland international showed his disappointment yet again when only being given limited game-time on Saturday, but Rummenigge believes the situation is not a big deal.

"The issue is being blown out of proportion," he added. "It is just an issue for the journalists.

"He should be left in peace and quiet. He is not angry, he is just dissatisfied."

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