Dutch winger Arjen Robben is preparing to withdraw from his training club Groningen, he announced on Saturday.
After leaving Groningen in 2002, Robben won league titles with PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea and Real Madrid before a decade of great success with Bayern Munich.
He retired from Bayern a year ago at the age of 35, after having helped the club win eight Bundesliga and Champions League titles in 2013.
The 2010 World Cup finalist said he was fully motivated to return but had to get fit first.
“I want to return to FC Groningen. At the moment I am not sure what will happen, “Robben said in a video on the Groningen website.
“What I am sure of is that my motivation will be 100 percent. I’m going to look for him and I’ll be in the first training session for the new season.
“Since my dream is to play in an FC Groningen shirt, we have not arrived yet, but you can always dream.”
“I was 12 when I joined the Groningen youth academy, and I debuted with them at 16 against PSV,” said Robben, who explained that a banner he saw at the Groningen stadium had resonated strongly with him.
“Arjen follows your heart,” he said, so after a wonderful 18-year adventure, I return home. “