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Sat Apr 19 13:56:40 SAST 2014

Robben turns page ahead of new season

Sapa-AFP | 17 July, 2012 08:210 Comments
Bayern Munchen Pre-season Training Camp - Day Two
Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich reacts during day two of a pre-season training camp at Arco Stadium on July 16, 2012 in Arco, Italy
Image by: Dennis Grombkowski / Bongarts/Getty Images

Dutch international striker Arjen Robben insisted Monday he had turned the page on a disappointing campaign with Bayern Munich and the Oranjie and said he was looking forward to the new Bundesliga season.

“I can’t look backwards — what’s past is past, I have got my freshness back and I am ready for the new season,” said Robben, who is in pre-season training with his club at Lake Garda in Italy.

The 28-year-old suffered heartache as Bayern lost out to Chelsea in the Champions League final, lost out to Dortmund in the Bundesliga and then saw the Dutch lose all three of their Euro 2012 pool matches.

Since then he has had a month off to recharge his batteries.

“I was far away from it all. I had a good time with my family and I’m happy to start off again. My motivation will be all the stronger,” the former Chelsea man vowed.

Robben has a deal running to 2015 and did not indicate his future plans but Bayern’s eminence grise Karl Heinz Rummenigge said last week he was “optimistic” that Robben would turn in a good season this campaign and would be “hyper motivated.”

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