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Van Gaal confirms Robben meeting

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal paid a personal visit to Arjen Robben whilst the Dutch international is in Manchester this week for Bayern Munich’s game with rivals City.

Van Gaal coached Robben for several years whilst in charge of both the Bundesliga giants and the Dutch national team, culminating in their last game together during the summer at the World Cup in Brazil.

Robben himself suggested in the summer that Van Gaal had asked him to join him at United during the summer but Robben said in an interview last month that he was not looking to move to Old Trafford.

But the rumour mill is sure to go into overdrive after Van Gaal stated he went to the team’s hotel only to see Robben and not the rest of the team or the hierarchy he worked under just a few years ago.

“I am not here to see Bayern but Arjen Robben,” the former Dutch boss told Sport Bild.

When asked about Bayern’s traditional post match get-together, he added: “I won’t attend the banquet.”

Van Gaal may like the idea of bringing Robben to Old Trafford and the move would certainly catch the attention of the supporters given Robben’s reputation on the world stage and the talent shown over the years in the Champions League and various World Cups.

However, the winger turns 31 in January and a big money move perhaps wouldn’t represent good value for money, especially given the fact United spent £60m on Angel Di Maria and have other positions that need prioritising over the coming transfer windows.

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