Former Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón thinks the club made a big mistake in letting Arjen Robben leave for Bayern Munich in 2009.
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In the summer of 2009, Calderón left his position as president with Florentino Pérez taking charge and overseeing an overhaul of the Real squad. Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka were signed and Robben was one of those sent packing from the Bernabeu to Munich.
Speaking to Bild Sport ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday, Calderón stated that the club made a mistake selling the Dutch winger.
He said, “I would not have let him go.
“Now he is happy in Munich. I know he has a good time there and is loved by the fans. He deserves it.
“We had big plans for him. Especially in collaboration with Cristiano Ronaldo, who came in 2009. Those are two of the best players in the world. Its a shame, but there is nothing you can do about it! If I had stayed, they would have played together. “