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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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