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Robben committed to Bayern

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Arjen Robben set up the first and scored the winner for Bayern in the Champions League final © PA Photos
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Champions League final hero Arjen Robben has said he has no plans to leave Bayern Munich - despite reported interest from Manchester City - but added that he would never forget being barracked by fans after missing crucial penalties in the club's heartbreaking 2011-12 season.

Robben, 29, scored Bayern's 89th-minute winner against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley last month, wiping out the memory of the penalty he missed as the Bavarians lost the trophy to Chelsea on their own ground a year earlier.

He had also missed a spot-kick in the Bundesliga game at Dortmund in that campaign, all but sealing that club's second successive Bundesliga title.

That led to some Bayern fans giving him a tough time, and he told Bild: "I don't want to, and will never, forget that. That was bad, it hit me hard.

"There were also many who supported me. But those who whistled me... they are not real fans to me. As a real fan, you stick by your team and its players in good and in bad times."

But regardless of those bad memories, and despite speculation linking him with a move to City, the Netherlands international stressed that he had no plans to leave Munich.

"I say it like it is in football," he said. "Nothing is certain - this is a business in which everything can happen all the time.

"But I feel great here, and have a contract until 2015. My plan is to stay here."

During an injury-hit first half of the season, reports in the German media had suggested he could opt to retire from the game.

But he said: "I never really considered it. When you are injured again and again, when you work hard but your body just doesn't function, of course you will think: 'Why do I still do it?'

"But, in the end, the love for the game is bigger and you keep on fighting."

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