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Robben puts Prem trio on alert

Arjen Robben is reportedly ready to quit Bayern Munich after a falling out with Franck Ribery with a trio of Premier League now on red alert according to German newspaper Bild.

The Holland winger is ready to prepared to end his three-year stay at the Allianz Arena following a bust-up with Ribery after they appeared to argue over free kick duties during the Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Real Madrid.

It resulted in the French midfielder slapping Robben in the face and he is now refusing to sign an extension to his contract which runs out in 2013 notifying several English clubs.

Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are now said to be monitoring his situation with Bayern yet to decide whether they will attempt to re-open talks with the the 28-year-old.

The Bundesliga side tried to dampen the animosity between the pair by arranging a lunch meeting the next day only to anger Robben even further by fining Ribery only £40,000.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness admitted the former Real Madrid winger was set to sign a new deal until his spat with Ribery saying: “All I know is that he was just about to put pen to paper, and now that has all been postponed.”

Robben is no stranger to the Premier League after winning two titles, an FA Cup and a Carling Cup during a prosperous three-year spell with Chelsea before moving to the Bernabeu.

However Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer, who recently criticised the Dutchman, believes he will remain with the Champions League finalists beyond the current campaign.

“Robben knows what to expect here at Bayern. That’s why I expect him to sign a new deal eventually. It would be in the best interest of both parties.” Beckenbauer said.

“I know that Robben is angry with me because I criticised him, but that doesn’t change my positive opinion of him. I am a big Robben fan.”

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