Arjen Robben says politics forced him out of Real Madrid but admits leaving the club was the best thing that could have happened to him.
“Florentino Perez returned as president and then bought Ronaldo and Kaka, Benzema and Xabi Alonso,” Robben told Diario AS.
“They spent so much money and told us they needed to make some money with sales.
“For me it was a shame because I had a very good relationship with [former coach] Manuel Pellegrini, and maybe I had the best pre-season of my career.
“I found it difficult because of the change of president in Madrid – I really felt very comfortable there and played very well, but when politics comes into play and you don’t have a real chance, you must decide if you want to keep fighting or continue your career elsewhere."
Robben, who recently announced his departure from Bavaria after 10 years, won the Champions League and eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern.