Arjen Robben is on the line in Studio Voetbal. The 96-time Dutch National Team announced Sunday that he is leaving Bayern Munich after this season, and the question from presenter Tom Egbers is therefore whether there are any offers from the Netherlands? “No”, replies Robben.
“I will soon make an offer”, jokes Pierre van Hooijdonk, advisor of NAC Breda. “Just contact my agent,” says Robben from Munich.
Robben has not yet made a decision about his future. He may be putting a point behind his career. The Champions League win with Bayern would be a nice slot. “I would put my signature immediately under such a script,” says Robben.
Rafael van der Vaart put a point behind his career at the beginning of November, but according to him, stopping is not yet discussed for his former colleague and generation member. “Arjen is still so fit, I am sure he will continue and hope he will not go to the sandbox or to China, but will return to the Netherlands.”
Robben doubts, although he is clear about one thing. “I can say that the sandbox and China are not options.”
Of course the topper Feyenoord-PSV (2-1) is also discussed at the table. Van der Vaart had enjoyed the game of Feyenoord in the first half and especially Steven Berghuis.
“So much feeling, so much peace”, says Van der Vaart about Berghuis. “You just have to see and do it.”
Feyenoord could not continue the level of the first half in the second half and that had, according to Van Hooijdonk, a clear cause: the injured failure of striker Nicolai Jørgensen, who had taken the second goal.
“Dylan Vente came in, but then Feyenoord no longer held a ball in the front,” Van Hooijdonk said.
'Being happy with Van Bronckhorst'
The victory came particularly well for Feyenoord and coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The latter has a contract in Rotterdam until the end of this season. It is not until next year that he goes to the table with the club.
If it is up to former honorary division player Jevgeni Levchenko, Van Bronckhorst will stay longer in De Kuip. “Feyenoord must be very happy with him,” says Levchenko.
Pierre van Hooijdonk does not believe in a 'Wenger construction' at Feyenoord, referring to Arsène Wenger who spent 22 years on the couch at Arsenal. “You see PSV and Ajax running away and the expectation pattern remains high: you have to prevent the man who won five prizes with the club from being fired.”
“They have to try to create a situation that Feyenoord can compete with PSV and Ajax,” says Levchenko.
“It becomes very difficult and is not real”, responds Van der Vaart.
Kees Jansma also likes to see Van Bronckhorst stay longer. “What does the sending away of a trainer mean?”
“He decides for himself whether he will stay”, thinks Van der Vaart. “It does not get any better with another trainer.”