Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben has refused to rule out the possibility of making a stunning U-turn on his retirement.
The Dutchman, 35, announced his plans to retire from football last season and ended his decade-long career at the Bavarians by scooping the Bundesliga title and the German Cup.
When he was asked if he would consider coming out of retirement, the former winger told NPO Radio 1: "I always say: never say never.
"Maybe in one or two months I'll have a strange feeling that I miss the whole thing too much and will decide I have to go back.
"But, of course, it doesn't get any easier the longer you're retired. I do not rate the chances [of returning] very highly."
Robben made over 300 appearances for Bayern Munich and established a formidable partnership with Franck Ribery, who also left the club and signed for Italian side Fiorentina this summer.
The former Bayern Munich star won eight German league titles, the Champions League, five German Cups and five German Super Cups.
The ex-Real Madrid and Chelsea player, who started his senior career at Groningen, said that leaving football behind is one of the most difficult decisions he had to make.
"It's without a doubt the hardest decision I've ever made in my career," he admitted.
Robben said last week that he will enter into a coaching role and hilariously suggested that his first task is ensuring his trademark left-footed shot carries on in his son.
The former Netherlands international told German newspaper Bild: "Next season, I'm going to train my youngest son's team.
"Then, of course, you already know what's on the training schedule: pull right in and shoot with your left, it's pretty ominous for their opposition."
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