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Robben unhappy with lack of playing time

February 8, 2013
By Bayern Munich news

Arjen Robben said his current situation at Bayern Munich is "unsatisfying" after clocking up some rare game time on international duty with Netherlands.

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Robben has not started a match for Bayern since November, and in Wednesday's 45-minute appearance in the friendly against Italy clocked up more playing time for his country than his club so far in 2013. After being benched for the first three Bundesliga games of the year, Robben was delighted to be back with his national team.

"I appreciate the coach played me," Robben told Dutch reporters after his second-half appearance in the 1-1 draw. "Right now it is all too little. I get near to no playing time at my club, an unsatisfying situation. That's why I was very delighted to be allowed 45 minutes, it was a delightful, Dutch evening for me."

The Bayern winger also praised Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, who he believes has more faith in him than his club coach, Jupp Heynckes.

"It gives you a good feeling when there is a coach who puts his trust in you," Robben said. "This coach has always supported me."

Heynckes played down Robben's comments, saying: "He can't jump for joy when he is not playing."

Bayern president Uli Hoeness added: "I like players who always offer themselves, who always go full throttle. It has to stay within certain boundaries and all is within certain boundaries."