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Bayern Munich veteran Robben: Why I chose Chelsea over Sir Alex's Man Utd

Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben has spoken of his decision to choose Chelsea over Manchester United earlier in his career.

Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to the then-PSV winger and even invited him for dinner in Manchester, but the Holland international signed for Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho, instead.

"I had a very good conversation with him [Ferguson] over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life," Robben told FourFourTwo magazine.

"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. I spoke to Chelsea and I liked their plans.

"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."

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