Robben explains why he moved to Chelsea over Man Utd

Date published: Wednesday 4th April 2018 11:17 - Joe Williams

Arjen Robben claims he would have signed for Manchester United if Sir Alex Ferguson had offered him a deal over dinner in Manchester.

The former Dutch international met Ferguson for a meal and was shown around United’s training complex before moving to Chelsea in 2004 for £12million.

He had been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a long time and admits that if Ferguson had made him an offer during their meeting then he would’ve snapped his hand off.

“I had a very good conversation with [Ferguson] over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life,” said in the May 2018 issue of FourFourTwo. “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. PSV were also negotiating with Chelsea at that time, so maybe they offered PSV more money? I don’t really know.

“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’ve got no regrets.”


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