May 11, 2018 / 4:08 PM / 10 days ago

Soccer: Robben and Rafinha to stay at Bayern until 2019

BERLIN (Reuters) - Winger Arjen Robben and defender Rafinha have agreed with Bayern Munich to extend their contracts for one more season to 2019, the German champions said on Friday.

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben celebrates with his team mate Rafinha (R) after scoring a goal against FC Cologne during their German first division, Bundesliga soccer match in Munich February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/Files

The 34-year-old Dutchman Robben has been at Bayern since 2009, winning seven league titles and one Champions League crown with the Bavarians, while Brazilian Rafinha, 32, joined in 2011.

“We are delighted to have extended for one more year with these deserving players,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic in a statement. “Because both Arjen Robben as well as Rafinha play an important role in our plans for next season.”

Bayern won the German league for a sixth successive time and face Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final next week.

Fellow Bayern veteran Franck Ribery, 35, also extended his contract to 2019 earlier this month.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ian Chadband

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