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Arjen Robben very nearly joined another Premier League club before Chelsea

Dutchman toured Utd's training facilities in 2004 when he was with PSV but Old Trafford chiefs dallied so he went to Chelsea

ARJEN ROBBEN has revealed he was ready and waiting to join Manchester United after dining with Alex Ferguson.

The Bayern Munich superstar insists he would have signed there and then back in 2004 – but United dallied so PSV Eindhoven sold him to Chelsea instead.


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Arjen Robben never looked back after missing out on a move to Manchester United in 2004

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Arjen Robben never looked back after missing out on a move to Manchester United

Robben, 34, told FourFourTwo magazine he has “no regrets” over the missed move.

But the Holland winger explained how keen United had seemed – only to make no offer.

Old Trafford chiefs showed Robben around their Carrington training ground.

And he was impressed with then-manager Fergie.

Dutchman Arjen Robben spent two years with Chelsea after United failed to make PSV an offer

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Dutchman Arjen Robben spent two years with Chelsea after United failed to make PSV an offer

Robben said: “I had a very good conversation with him over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life.

“I also went and had a good look around the training ground and everything was good.

“But after I went back to PSV nothing happened.

“There was no real contact and the deal didn’t happen.”

Arjen Robben has been one of the most consistent Champions League stars for a decade, mainly with Bayern

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Arjen Robben has been one of the most consistent Champions League stars for a decade, mainly with Bayern

Robben, though, claims he was soon won over by United’s biggest Premier League rivals down south.

He said: “I spoke to Chelsea and I liked their plans.

“We had one meeting and everything was done pretty quickly.

“Had Manchester United offered me a deal straight after I met them, I would have signed there.

Arjen Robben says he has no regrets after missing out on Man Utd as he went on to play for Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich

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Arjen Robben says he has no regrets after missing out on Man Utd as he went on to play for Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich

“But it didn’t happen and I have got no regrets.”

Robben spent three years at Stamford Bridge following his £12million arrival.

He switched to Real Madrid before joining Bayern in 2009 in time for their golden spell.

Arjen Robben played for Chelsea but has been a menace to British clubs over the years after joining Real and then Bayern

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Arjen Robben played for Chelsea but has been a menace to British clubs over the years after joining La Liga giants Real and then Germany’s top club Bayern

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