Robben rejects Real claim

09 June 2007 12:39
Arjen Robben will not sign for Real Madrid and is close to agreeing a new contract at Chelsea, according to his father and agent. Real president Ramon Calderon had claimed the Spanish giants were in the "early stages" of negotiating a summer transfer for the Netherlands international. But Hans Robben claims his son is ready to commit his future to Chelsea and put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge. "I never met him or anyone from Madrid and did not speak to them," he told the Evening Standard. "We're nearly finished negotiating with Chelsea. Arjen will stay another five years with the club." Robben chose Chelsea ahead of Manchester United in a £12million transfer from PSV Eindhoven three years ago. The former FC Groningen youngster has since made 106 appearances for the Blues in which he has netted 19 times. Last month, Robben told Dutch media he was confident of agreeing a new deal at Chelsea. He said: "We are close to a new deal. We have not agreed all details, but I don't expect any big problems any more."

Source: ESA

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