Arjen Robben does not regret turning down Sir Alex Ferguson’s offer back in 2004 to join Manchester United.
The Dutch winger instead joined Chelsea and went on to have a fair amount of success before spending two years at Real Madrid and now he has settled down at Bayern Munich, but it all would have been different had he accepted Sir Alex’s offer a decade ago.
“No [I do not regret declining the offer], because if you look at the prizes I won with Chelsea, that says everything you need to say,” Robben said.
“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 played an instrumental part in Holland’s third place World Cup finish and holds a special regard for Louis van Gaal as a manager, somebody he believes was instrumental in his making him the player he is today.
“Van Gaal is the kind of guy who can really make individual players better. It was the most important step of my career to go from Real Madrid to Bayern,” he added.
“It was the best move of my career, coming here and working under him. It really gave me a lot of confidence and a new way of working.
“I am 30 now, it is not like I want to go to a new league. I have been in England, I have been in Spain, so I don’t have that desire, but that is all to do with the club I am with now. I am 100 per cent convinced I will stay here for a very long time.”