In an unexpected announcement by the Eredivisie club today, the 36-year-old said he is attempting a comeback.
ARJEN ROBBEN = 🔙
— FC Groningen (@fcgroningen) June 27, 2020
Speaking in a video announcement today, Robben talked about returning to where it all began.
“I was 12-years-old when I started playing in Groningen’s academy. I made my home debut against Feyenoord when I was 16,” Robben said.
“After two years I made a transfer to PSV Eindhoven. After a wonderful 18 year adventure we’re coming home! Back to Groningen.
“We’re coming home during this difficult time of crisis, one that has also hit FC Groningen. It’s great to see how everyone is supporting the club.
“I’ve also supported the club and it made me think about what else I could do for our club.
“These past weeks I’ve had many conversations with club staff and maybe more than anything I’ve listened to the call of our supporters: Arjen, follow your heart!”
Robben added: “I want to make my comeback as a football player, a player of FC Groningen.
“It started to itch and now it’s my mission. I’m working on a comeback as a player, at FC.
“It will be a tough physical challenge but I’m going for it! I am going to work hard and when everything feels right, I will join the team for the first training session of the new season.
“I hope to see everyone as soon as possible because my dream is to play in an FC Groningen jersey. We’re not there yet, but one can dream!”
Robben made 52 first team appearances for Groningen between 2000 and 2002 before joining PSV for €3.9m.
A trophy-laden career saw Robben play for Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – three big clubs in three big leagues.
Now, at the age of 36, Robben has decided he isn’t ready to quit the sport he loves just yet.