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Robben Unhappy with Bit Part in Chelsea's Season

  • BBC Sport, Monday, November 20, 2006 8:10 PM
Dutch winger Arjen Robben is getting fed up with his lack of first-team action at Chelsea this year, according to a BBC report. The 22-year-old faces stiff competition for places in Chelsea's midfield, which usually consists of Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Claude Makelele. Manager Jose Mourinho sometimes deploys Robben as a forward, but his first-choice strikers are Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko. "If I am not in the team, I will have to consider other options," Robben told the News of the World. The Dutchman has started just 10 of Chelsea's 20 games this season. "There are players here who get a lot of money for doing nothing, but I don't want that to be me, I'm too young." The winger's relationship with Mourinho is reportedly cooling although the player revealed he's been promised more playing time. Robben has long been a target of Spanish giant Real Madrid, which itself has no shortage of left-footed wingers.

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