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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
New Robben deal 'as good as signed'

ESPN staff

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is confident that Arjen Robben will stay at the club "long-term" and believes that the Bavarians will hold on to all their key stars this summer.

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Robben, 28, has stalled over agreeing a new contract in recent months and has cast doubt on his Allianz Arena future by refusing to publicly commit to the club.

On Monday, the Dutchman said: "We will have to wait and see - there have been lots of recent developments. There are a few different options. That is normal when you are at a top club and people know what I am capable of."

Bayern president Uli Hoeness recently admitted that Robben "was just about to put pen to paper, and now that has all been postponed", but Rummenigge insists the penning of a new deal it is now imminent, with Robben thought to be ready to extend his contract through to 2015.

"I guarantee that no stars will leave," he told Bild. "The agreement [with Robben] is as good as signed. Arjen will stay at Bayern in the long-term."

Robben has contributed 17 goals and nine assists for Bayern this season, including a crucial penalty in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last month.




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