Despite his statement that he shares a 'special bond' with Louis van Gaal, Arjen Robben has ruled out a move to Manchester United in favour of seeing out his contract at Bayern Munich, according to ESPN.
The Dutch forward stated in an interview after The Netherlands' 3-0 win over Brazil at the World Cup that van Gaal had hinted at a possible reunion at Old Trafford next season.
"He said I could always move to Manchester United," stated Robben.
"He is the most important coach in my career. It is not an option, though. I will stay at Bayern Munich."
The ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid winger has had a terrific season for club and country, scoring 22 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions (including three goals for The Netherlands at the World Cup) and has constantly been linked with United since the announcement of Van Gaal as manager of the club. This is the first time any official statement has been heard on the matter and appears to end the speculation linking the experienced and talented player to an English move.
What Van Gaal needs to do now
Van Gaal will need to address the number of inconsistent wingers at Old Trafford, including the likes of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, who have often failed to prove their worth to the side and are beginning to lose the patience of the United faithful. With Robben declaring himself out of a potential transfer, one of Van Gaal's first jobs will be to decide which attacking players will now be offered another chance, which will be moved on and who else, other than Robben, could be brought in to improve the squad.
Even at the age of 30, Robben boasts terrific speed, a superb touch and a deadly strike. While many would have dismissed the idea of a move to United anyway, Robben's choice to remain at Bayern will weaken Van Gaal, who would have been relishing the opportunity to bring such a talented player into the ranks of his potentially new-look United side.
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