Arjen Robben returned to Bayern Munich on Thursday to accept a gift commemorating his hugely successful decade at the German club.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge greeted the retired winger with a giant canvas photo print depicting Robben and a selection of the trophies he won with the Bundesliga side.

The 35-year-old retired at the end of the 2018-19 season, calling time on a career which included eight Bundesliga titles and five DFB-Pokal triumphs.

However, Robben's most celebrated moment was his 89th-minute winner in the 2-1 Champions League final triumph over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in 2013.

He made 309 competitive appearances for the club, scoring 144 goals.

Last month, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid player revealed he would not totally rule out a return to football.

"Maybe in one or two months I'll have a strange feeling that I miss the whole thing too much and will decide I have to go back," he told NPO Radio.

"But, of course, it doesn't get any easier the longer you're retired. I do not rate the chances [of returning] very highly."

Robert Lewandowski hopes to have won the same level of respect as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery when his time comes to leave Bayern Munich.

Veteran wingers Robben and Ribery moved on from Bayern at the end of last term, the pair given emotional send-offs after 10 and 12 seasons at the club respectively.

Their final Allianz Arena appearances proved a fitting occasion as both players scored in a 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt that sealed the Bundesliga title.

Star striker Lewandowski, now in his sixth season with the club, could rival their longevity after signing a new contract through to 2023.

By then, the prolific 31-year-old might be ready to make his own grand departure.

"To have that goodbye is definitely a dream of mine," Lewandowski told Sport1.

"I'm not yet thinking of leaving, but to be honest I almost had tears in my eyes when saying goodbye to them.

"The experience was not only a nice moment for Ribery and Robben, but also for us team-mates. To have such a nice farewell is something special."

Lewandowski seemed less enthused about Bayern during the close season, when he expressed frustration over the club's lack of transfer activity.

Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and Mickael Cuisance all arrived late in the window, placating the Poland international.

"Those responsible have done a good job in the transfer market," he said.

"We can be glad that we now have such strong new additions to our team."

He added: "We prepared really well in pre-season.

"The results can already be seen in how we play football. How we build our game and the movements we have in attack already look very good. I benefit from that as well."

Bayern drew 2-2 against Hertha Berlin in their season opener but cruised past Schalke and Mainz before the international break to sit second on the table, two points behind Saturday's opponents RB Leipzig.

Retired former Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has not ruled out the possibility of resuming his playing career.

The 35-year-old called time on a 19-year period as a professional in July.

Groningen product Robben spent 10 seasons at Bayern Munich following spells with PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

He won league titles in Germany, Holland, England and Spain and says he could consider returning to the pitch if the spirit of competition proves too great to ignore.

"I always say: never say never," Robben told NPO Radio.

"Maybe in one or two months I'll have a strange feeling that I miss the whole thing too much and will decide I have to go back.

"But of course it doesn't get any easier the longer you're retired. I do not rate the chances [of returning] very highly."

Robben, who scored the winner against Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final, left the game on a high when he helped Bayern to a seventh successive Bundesliga title.

"It's without a doubt the hardest decision I've ever made in my career," he said of retiring.

Bayern Munich asked retired Arjen Robben for permission before giving new signing Philippe Coutinho his old No.10 shirt and club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the Brazilian is a worthy successor.

After a difficult 18-month spell with Barcelona, Coutinho completed a season-long loan move to Bayern on Monday, with the German champions able to make the switch permanent for €120million.

Bayern have been undertaking something of a rebuild in recent months, with various older players being moved on or retiring.

Chief among those are Franck Ribery and Robben, with the latter opting to hang up his boots after a 10-year spell at the club that saw him win 20 trophies.

Given their respective contributions to Bayern, Rummenigge confirmed they intended to leave the No.7 and No.10 jerseys unoccupied, but Robben gave permission for Coutinho to take his.

When asked about where Coutinho will play, Rummenigge told a news conference: "Hasan [Salihamidzic, sporting director] and Niko [Kovac, coach] have already agreed on all the tactical variants, and Hasan had a talk with Arjen Robben this morning.

"We did not want to give his number away for the time being, as a special gesture, but we also wanted to show how important and valuable this is.

"It was also a very important sign for Philippe that the club is also fully behind him, so Arjen has no problem at all, he wishes him all the best, and he is a more than worthy successor."

Coutinho could make his Bayern debut on Saturday when they travel to Gelsenkirchen to face Schalke in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich and Netherlands great Arjen Robben has decided to end his playing career at the age of 35.

Robben enjoyed a glittering career at the top of European football, winning a host of trophies for PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern.

But he has called time on his career instead of finding a new club following his release by Bayern, insisting this is a "permanent" decision.

"As everybody knows, I took some time after my last match for Bayern Munich to make up my mind for the future. And now I have decided to end my career as a professional player," Robben said in a statement.

"This has been without a doubt the hardest decision I had to make in my career, a decision in which 'heart' and 'head' bumped into each other.

"The love for the game and the conviction that you can still take over the world, versus the reality that it doesn't always go like you want it to and that you're no longer a 16-year-old boy, who doesn't know what it's like to be injured.

"At the moment I'm fit and healthy and, as a fan of many other sports, I'd like to keep it that way. My quitting is permanent, but it's all right this way."

It was at Chelsea – whom he joined in 2004 – where he established himself as one of world football's great promises, helping the club to back-to-back Premier League triumphs in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and an FA Cup win the following season.

His subsequent move to Real Madrid was less successful on a personal level, though he did win LaLiga in 2007-08.

Bayern snapped him up in 2009 and, though injuries were a regular occurrence, he still managed to enjoy a sparkling 10-year stay at the Allianz Arena.

He won eight Bundesliga titles in that time, plus the Champions League in 2012-13, making 309 appearances across all competitions.

Despite the injuries, Robben still managed to score 144 times for Bayern, including six in 19 matches in his final campaign.

The winger had been tipped to return to his first professional club Groningen after his Bayern contract expired, but he has since opted to end his career altogether.

"In December 2000 my adventure started as a player with Groningen," Robben's statement continued. 

"The career that followed after that is something I only could have dreamt back then. Groningen, PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid and eventually Bayern Munich, and last but not least, my time with the Dutch national team.

"It might be a cliche, but there really is no better thing than playing for your own country. In the end I decided to quit in 2017 after 96 international caps.

"I got to play six big tournaments and was the captain during my last years with the team. Altogether it's an unforgettable time that I'll always cherish.

"It is too early to look back into the details of my career, but for now it's pride and thankfulness which dominates my feelings. I want to thank everyone who contributed to this from the bottom of my heart.

"My parents, my sister, family, friends, my personal coaching team, all of the clubs, team members, coaches, journalists and fans. Everyone who supported me for all those years and made me into the player and the person I am today.

"I have lived 19 years for my passion and tried to make the most of it. This asks a certain mentality and it for sure took a lot of energy, especially when things don't go as you want them to be and when you have to fight back after difficult moments. Top athletes are being known for their selfish attitude and I have definitely not been an exclusion to that.

"Therefore, I'd like to thank my family for their unconditional support, understanding and love. It's time for a new chapter and I'm looking forward to spending more time together with my wife and kids and to enjoy together from all the good things that still have to come for us."

On top of a glorious club career, Robben also won 96 caps for his country in 14 years, netting 37 Netherlands goals.

Franck Ribery has told Bayern Munich they need to splash the cash ahead of the new Bundesliga season.

Bayern broke their club record to sign France defender Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, while Benjamin Pavard has also arrived from Stuttgart.

But the Bundesliga champions have yet to bring in a replacement for Ribery, as well as fellow veteran winger Arjen Robben, who also departed after helping the club clinch a seventh straight title.

Bayern have confirmed Leroy Sane as a transfer target but have been unable to seal a deal with Manchester City for the Germany international, while Chelsea have reportedly rebuffed new efforts to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Ousmane Dembele is also said to be on Bayern's shortlist but Barcelona are reported to have turned down a first offer for the France forward, while a representative for the player told Sky Germany there was "no chance" of his client joining Niko Kovac's squad.

Yet Ribery has urged his old club to spend heavily on reinforcements as they look to hold off the challenge of Borussia Dortmund again.

"Bayern needs quality, you have to invest!" Ribery told Bild. "I am very excited about what they do.

"Only with Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman it is perhaps too little to go into the new season.

"Sane would be a player who brings Bayern forward. Skills, can play on the right and left side, I'm curious to see if he will really decide for Munich and fancy the Bundesliga."

Ribery, 36, continues to consider his options having previously been linked with a surprise switch to Premier League new boys Sheffield United.

"Maybe they [Bayern] call me again, if there is no other solution," Ribery joked. "No, seriously: The chapter at Bayern as a player for me has ended fantastically in May.

"There are many good offers from Europe, but I also have to look at the family, my children. If you've been at Bayern for so long and it's your second home, moving away from here is not easy."

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