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Robben expects to stay at Chelsea and improve

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COBHAM, England, May 5 (Reuters) Netherlands winger Arjen Robben expects to stay at Chelsea next season and refuses to worry about rumours of big-money signings at Stamford Bridge.

''I'm never concerned because I always go from my own qualities.

I have a lot of confidence in myself and I'm not afraid for my place,'' Robben told reporters after training today.

Robben has helped Chelsea to their second Premier League title in a row but his form has been erratic at times this season, leading to newspaper speculation that he could be allowed to move to compatriot Martin Jol's Tottenham Hotspur.

''Of course you know at Chelsea that you can't play every game because it's a world class squad and maybe with extra world class players coming in it's going to be even harder.'' Germany midfielder Michael Ballack is likely to join Chelsea next season and Jose Mourinho is also looking for a striker to strengthen his multi-national squad.

Robben dismissed speculation about a move away from Stamford Bridge and said he is already thinking ahead to next season.

''I have three years left on my contract,'' he said. ''I'm more satisfied by last season than I was by this season and I want to do more.

''That's why I'm looking forward to next year -- because I think and I'm sure that I can do more than I did this time. I'm very confident and really looking forward to next season and hope to win prizes again.'' Chelsea, crowned champions last Saturday, complete their campaign with a match at Newcastle on Sunday and Robben insists he is still learning and improving in English football.

''I think you always learn. I learn in every training session and every game. I think people forget sometimes I'm only 22 still. I'm still quite young and I'm still learning and developing. I know I can develop myself much more and that's what I'm working for.'' REUTERS PG PM1948

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