Arjen Robben was one of the most prominent players that led Chelsea to their sudden rise to the top in the 2000s, and was one of the few elites from Netherlands to gain success in England.
However, the story could’ve been quite different, as the Dutchman revealed before FourFourTwo magazine that he came very close to becoming a Red Devil.
Robben was gaining popularity in England after his impressive exploits for PSV Eindhoven back in the day. And it was no surprise that even Sir Alex Ferguson was interested in adding the Bayern Munich star to his ranks.
Ultimately and eventually, the move failed to materialise, about which the Dutch international pulled the curtains off in the magazine’s May edition.
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“I had a very good conversation with [Ferguson] over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life,” the former Chelsea man said. “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.”
Seems like we will never know why Ferguson dropped interest or failed to bring the talented winger over to Old Trafford. But despite knowing he had the chance to play for arguably the biggest club in Europe back then, the 34-year-old insists he holds no regret.
“I spoke to Chelsea and I liked their plans,” he added. “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.”
Well, why would he regret, having earned a move to Real Madrid after winning two consecutive Premier League titles along with an FA Cup?