Bayern move felt like a step backwards, says Robben

In his interview to the UEFA, Arjen Robben also said which was the "best time" of his career.

Arjen Robben has terrorised pretty much every defence he has been up against, with his close control and dribbling ability   -  Getty Images

Arjen Robben conceded that joining Bayern Munich initially felt like a step backwards when he left Real Madrid, but feels he has enjoyed the best times of his career in Germany.

The Dutch winger endured bad luck with injuries at Madrid and never truly established himself as the key player his ability suggested he might, before moving on in 2009.

His fitness problems have restricted his appearances in Germany also, but that has not stopped him from making a significant contribution, reaching double figures in goals in six of his eight seasons at the Allianz Arena before the start of the current campaign.

The 33-year-old has also enjoyed great success in terms of trophies, winning everything on offer with Bayern, including the 2012-13 Champions League, something he was sceptical the club was capable of before his arrival.

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"It felt like a step backwards at the time," Robben told UEFA. "Bayern had no international success in the years before I joined and my goal was actually to play at the best possible level, which would have meant winning the Champions League.

"It was a tough decision. Real Madrid was one of the biggest teams in the world. There was no way to return.

"It [moving to Bayern] went well; my wish was to work with Louis van Gaal. That was the best time of my career."

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