Bayern München winger Arjen Robben admits he is sad about Pep Guardiola’s impending departure, but says the squad remains focused on their objectives for the season.
During the Bundesliga’s mid-season break, Guardiola announced his intention to leave Bayern when his contract runs out at the end of the current campaign, saying he wanted to try his hand in the English Premier Leauge.
His destination has not yet been revealed but reports are strongly suggesting that he will take over from Manuel Pellegrini in charge of Manchester City.
Robben, who has been injured for most of the season but returned to first-team training during their tour to Doha in the winter break, said he’d have liked more time with the former Barcelona coach.
“It is very sad that he will not continue. I would like to work with him over a longer period,” the Dutchman told a press conference. “We learned a lot from him and he is improving each player.
“But it is not over yet. We have around six months to go and we have to enjoy this time with him and try to be successful.”
When asked if Guardiola’s departure was affecting the squad, Robben joked: “Yeah, it is totally different. He is not fully committed anymore,” before revealing that everything was much the same as it had been.
“No, it is not different. I think we have too much experience. In this business it is usual. Players come and go and that goes for coaches as well. We have to continue our work,” he explained.
“We just have one goal and that goal is to be successful. We have to focus on that.”