Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Robben: I Can Fit in with Jose's Tinkering

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Robben: I Can Fit in with Jose's Tinkering

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Byline: CHRIS HATHERALL

ARJEN ROBBEN has vowed to stay at Stamford Bridge no matter what Jose Mourinho's tactics turn out to be this season. The Dutch winger was linked with a string of clubs over the summer, including Real Madrid and Tottenham, amid speculation that he wanted more regular football.

It was a big decision for the 22-year-old because the signing of Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko means Mourinho could do away with the 4-3-3 formation that guaranteed two wingers a place in the side.

But Robben says he never wanted to leave and is convinced he will play a big part in Chelsea's season.

He said: "Nothing affected me - it was just speculation and that was it.

I don't mind what system we use - I just want to play like every player.

It doesn't matter to me how, where or who. I just want to be one of the 11 players.

"I can play on the wing or up front or in the hole. I am confident wherever I play and I am just looking forward to the start of the season again. I feel refreshed again and ready to go."

Mourinho plans to hold a tactical meeting in Los Angeles today to explain to his players what lies ahead - and he is expected to opt primarily for a 4-4-2 set-up.

But Robben is adamant that whether he ends up on the wing or up front in support of Andriy Shevchenko he will be ready to deal with it.

He said: "I don't know what my role will be, we have to see. It's not really a question for me. The only thing I can say is I'm going to do my best.

They know my qualities and they know how to use them."

Robben believes Chelsea can challenge for every competition they enter, right from the Carling Cup to the Champions League.

He added: "We have kept a lot of players, we have signed good players and I believe we are good enough to win more prizes again.

"Shevchenko is going to be a big player for us. He's only trained with us a few days and already I think he's feeling good. He's just a great goalscorer and I think he can score a lot for Chelsea. …

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