Arjen Robben made Man Utd transfer U-turn as he ‘didn’t like smell’ at club #PL

Arjen Robben made Man Utd transfer U-turn as he ‘didn’t like smell’ at club




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Rio Ferdinand has lifted the lid on Arjen Robben’s move to the Premier League in 2004, saying that the Dutchman almost signed for Manchester United but did not take well to the club’s training ground.

Robben burst onto the scene for PSV in the Eredivisie after coming through the ranks at Groningen, attracting the attention of a number of English clubs.

21 goals and 20 assists in 75 appearances during two years with PSV were enough to secure Robben a £16.2m move to Chelsea, but that was after he almost joined the Red Devils, according to Ferdinand.

Speaking on Instagram Live on Tuesday, the United great opened up on the transfer saga and compared Robben with former teammate Ryan Giggs, saying: “I’d have to go for Giggsy you know. Robben was nasty though, ooh Robben.

Arjen Robben had a hugely successful spell at Chelsea but allegedly could have gone to Manchester United instead

“You knew he was going to come back in on his left but the left-back couldn’t deal with it. He’d be saying, ‘I’m going to come in on my left, you’re not gonna stop me’. And they didn’t.

“What a player. Robben was great. We should have signed him at Man United. I think he came to the training ground. He walked around and didn’t like the smell and walked off and went Chelsea. I couldn’t believe it, man. He would have been great for us.”

However, Ferdinand stuck by the United legend, adding: “But Giggsy was an unbelievable footballer. Left-wing, into centre midfielder by the end of his career. Great footballer. Great, great footballer.”

Robben went on to play three seasons at Chelsea, winning back-to-back Premier League titles, two League cups and the FA Cup.

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He then spent two seasons with Real Madrid, winning La Liga, before moving to Bayern Munich in 2009 and playing out his career there.

During ten years with the German giants, Robben’s 144 goals and 101 assists contributed to eight Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and the Champions League, while he also finished as runner-up in the 2010 World Cup with the Netherlands.



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