Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has given a special praise to Jose Mourinho while writing a piece in the Player’s Tribune.
The Netherlands international made a name for himself in the Premier League with Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 where he was managed by the Special One.
Robben has since moved on to Real Madrid, followed by Bayern Munich, where he has enjoyed nine successful seasons. In a report covered by The Mirror, the 33-year-old suggests that Mourinho expects a lot from his players which means that you have to be tougher, stronger and faster.
In a letter to his 16-year-old himself, Robben wrote: “Maybe when the end of your career becomes more and more of a reality. You start thinking about the beginning. When it stopped being just a game. That happened.When you arrived to Groningen. And Groningen will be an opportunity that will take you to PSV, and then PSV will take you to Chelsea. At 20 years old, you’ll be in the Premier League. And your boss? His name is José Mourinho. I should prepare you. Because he will expect a lot of you… and of everyone. Right away, you’ll feel the difference in playing for a Premier League club. You’ll need to be tougher, stronger, faster.”
Robben was a huge success during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge as he bagged two Premier League titles in the process. Now at Bayern Munich, the Dutchman has won nearly every accolade possible, but there is the possibility that he could push for one big challenge before his retirement.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has recently urged Mourinho to bring in a world-class winger of Robben’s calibre, and it is reported that the veteran would find it hard to refuse a reunion with his former boss at Old Trafford. Surprisingly enough, Robben turned down the Reds Devils for a move to Chelsea from Groningen for £10m in 2004.