MOTD MAG: World Exclusive Interview with Arjen Robben

The Dutch legend chats to PAZ about Leicester, Mahrez and Memphis Depay!

It’s been nine years since you left the Prem. Do you still watch it?

Robben says: “Of course! I keep an eye on my old club Chelsea. It’s interesting because there’s a Dutch manager there at the moment and also players who were there when I was!”

What do you make of Leicester this season?

Robben says: “It’s surprised everybody! Not anymore, because now you know how they play. They’re a strong team. I’m very happy – especially for the manager!”

Ranieri was the man who signed you for Chelsea, wasn’t he?

Robben says: “Yes, it’s true that he signed me. I had only one or two meetings with him, but it was good and I was looking forward to working with him – I think he’s a great guy!”

Do you think The Foxes will hold on and win the Prem?

Robben says: “It all depends on them. It gets more and more difficult toward the end because of pressure. Before nobody was speaking about Leicester, but I think they’re ready!”

Are you a fan of their Player Of The Year Riyad Mahrez?

Robben says: “From what I’ve seen and heard he looks a talented player. Because they’re doing so well, other clubs will be hunting. As a team the way they play is impressive!”

If you had to pay to watch one Prem player, who would it be?

Robben says: “There are a few, like the one you just mentioned at Leicester. You come to the stadium to watch these skilful players – Eden Hazard from Chelsea is another!”

What have you made of fellow Dutchman Memphis Depay?

Robben says: “He’s talented, but you can’t underestimate how big a step-up it is to the Premier League, and especially to a big club like Man. United. He’s still young – give him time!”

Did you know? Arjen is approaching a century of caps for Holland – he’s played 88 times and scored!

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