Baptista calls for Robben deal
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Julio Baptista has urged Real Madrid to sign Arjen Robben from Chelsea.Julio Baptista has urged Real Madrid to sign Arjen Robben for the number of chances the Chelsea winger would create.
Real have confirmed a liking for the Holland international, who has been discussing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
But reports have suggested Chelsea could sell Robben for £15million to finance a move for Lyon wide man Florent Malouda.
Baptista, who looks set to stay with Real next season, feels Robben would be a valuable addition to the Spanish champions' squad.
"The Dutchman is a big player and excellent with assists," Baptista told As.
"If he signs with Real, the team will score many goals with the head because of the fact he is a wonderful crosser.
"He is similar to Beckham in this aspect."
Baptista, who spent last season on loan at Arsenal, will be given a second crack at forging a career at the Bernabeu after being told he will go on the pre-season tour to Austria.
He added: "I want to succeed in Real Madrid and I wait to get the chance during pre-season in Austria.
"I am convinced that I would be able to be with Real next season."