Bayern München winger Arjen Robben has admitted that it is “a real shame” that manager Pep Guardiola will be leaving after the ongoing season.
Guardiola joined Bayern in 2013 and during his reign, the Bavarians won two Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Bayern also made back-to-back semi-final appearances in the Champions League.
With Guardiola confirming that he would not be extending his stay, Bayern has already announced that Carlo Ancelotti will succeed him as manager in June.
"It is a real shame that Guardiola is leaving," Robben told NOS. "Yes, I am a bit disappointed to see him leave.
"We will have to wait and see how things pan out with Ancelotti. It's always like that with a new coach. You have to start all over again.
"But it is obviously still very early to say anything about it. It has just been formally announced, but we are only halfway through the season and there is still plenty to win. We can focus on football again once the winter break is over."
Robben has missed Bayern’s last four Bundesliga matches with a muscular problem, but the 31-year-old revealed that he should be available for the first game after the winter break, which will see Bayern go up against Hamburger SV on January 22.
"I expect to be fully match fit again for our first game after the winter break," he said. "I am happy that 2015 is nearly behind us. It has not been a good year for me. I got injured in March or April after a foul and never really got over it. I struggled from there on."