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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 December, 2004, 06:18 GMT
Robben reveals his cancer scare
Chelsea's Dutch winger Arjen Robben
Chelsea's Arjen Robben has revealed he has been given the all-clear after a testicular cancer scare.

The 20-year-old Dutch winger found a lump on his left testicle earlier this year that required surgery.

"I was very scared. It was a difficult time when football was no longer important," Robben told Chelsea's monthly club magazine.

"The waiting was terrible for a few days. I didn't know what was going to happen to me. Then I heard the news was good and it was a massive relief."

Robben was rested against Porto on Tuesday evening, with coach Jose Mourinho believing that the situation was finally catching up with the Dutchman.

I had a tour of Old Trafford, the training ground and met Mr Ferguson, but the two clubs could not come to an agreement
Arjen Robben

Robben insisted he will be keen to highlight the issue of testicular cancer in the future.

"It's good to talk about it and put it out in the public domain. Why would you be embarrassed about it?

"It can happen to any man at any time and can lead to terrible consequences. Now I'm completely healthy I'm very comfortable talking about it.

"Football is my life but the most important thing is to be healthy and for your family to be healthy."

Robben also revealed the circumstances of his transfer from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, when he had looked to be heading to Manchester United.

"I had a tour of Old Trafford, the training ground and met Mr Ferguson, but the two clubs could not come to an agreement.

"Then Chelsea began showing a lot of interest.

"As soon as I arrived I instantly had a great feeling, it filled me with confidence and it was clear I had to decide to come to Chelsea - no doubt about it.

"Since then I've had no regrets at all. I'm really happy here and I've settled in well."


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