Arjen Robben has had two prime opportunities to join Manchester United in his career now, but the Bayern Munich winger insists he has now regrets about his respective decisions to spurn the lures of Old Trafford.
Robben, 30, was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s top transfer targets in 2004 after starring in Eredivisie for PSV Eindhoven, with the Scot even giving him a personal tour of the Carrington training ground, but the Dutchman maintains he made the right choice in opting for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea instead that summer.
‘If you look at the prizes I won with Chelsea, that says everything you need to say,’ he told the Telegraph.
‘I made the right decision, to work with a great manager like Mourinho, and I made a big step there, developed myself as a player and won two leagues in three years, two League Cups and an FA Cup. It all worked out, you know? I am very happy with how things went and at Bayern, it is the best team, for sure, that I have played with.’
Robben was also high on Van Gaal’s wishlist this summer after his former boss with the Bavarian giants and the national team made the switch to United, but a reunion was off the cards given how much he is relishing life in Munich under Pepe Guardiola.
‘I am enjoying it so much over here,’ he said. ‘It is the perfect club with the perfect manager for me. My family is happy, we have lived here for five years and I am exactly at the place I want to be. It cannot be better than it is at the moment, so you don’t need to have thoughts about other clubs and other leagues.
‘If you see me again in three years in the Premier League, then who knows, but at the moment, there is not even one per cent of me thinking about going to England or anywhere.’