By Andy Hyslop
- Dutch International seems to been constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout his career
- Those rumours have intensified since Van Gaal took over
Dutch International Arjen Robben seems to be one of those players that is forever linked being with a move to Old Trafford. He did in fact come close to joining the club 2004 when he met Sir Alex Ferguson and was given a tour of the training ground.
That move never came about because United’s offer wasn’t enough for PSV Eindhoven to sell their star man and they would lose out to Chelsea for the wide-man.
United manager Louis Van Gaal and Robben paths have crossed on more than one occasion throughout their careers. The first time coming when Van Gaal gave Robben his debut for the Dutch under-20 team.
Then in 2009, just a month after over at German club Bayern Munich. Van Gaal convinced Bayern to sign the Dutch International from Real Madrid.
Robben and Van Gaal spent just short of two seasons together in Munich, before Van Gaal was sacked by the German giants in April 2011.
When Van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford after guiding the Dutch to the World Cup semi-finals in 2014. With Robben an important part of that team. United were linked with a host of Dutch players and players that had played for Van Gaal in the past.
Robben was said to be top of Van Gaal’s shopping list. Robben has since confirmed that United did try to sign him after the 2014 World Cup but he opted to stay in Munich.
Now reports are linking Robben with a move to United in the upcoming January Transfer Window. The Dutchman though has denied he will be making the move to Manchester.
He has a year-and-a-half left on his contract with Bayern and when asked about his future at a supporters event. Robben stated that he never thought a transfer away from Munich. Stating that he and his family are happy in Munich. He said:
I never thought about a transfer.
I am happy in Munich – my family is happy in Munich.
My contract runs until 2017. You can’t look too far forward in football, but everything is fine at the moment, I hope things continue this way.