Nevertheless, the Blues have rejected Madrid's advances. ESPN Soccernet reports that negotiations over the 23-year-old's Chelsea future have broken down, leading many to believe that it's only a matter of time before Robben swaps Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu.
Real President Ramon Calderon believes the talks have changed in Real's favor: "We are advancing in the negotiations. Those responsible are doing it very well, and I hope that it comes to fruition." He noted that the talks with Chelsea continue to be frustrating: "It has to be the selling club who first decides, and once that has happened, I don't suppose there will be any problems resolving the player's contract." In other words, Robben wants to leave, but for some reason Chelsea wants to hold on to him. Perhaps Mourinho plans to deploy him down the right next season?