Robben: "If United had offered me a contract after meeting, I would have signed"

2018 Dec 4

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben gave an interview to Four Four Two in which he spoke of Manchester United's interest in him before signing for Chelsea: "Manchester United invited me to dinner and to visit the training center. It went well, but I went back to PSV and did not hear from them again, they never talked to the club, but Chelsea did it very quickly, if Manchester had offered me a contract right after our meeting I would have signed at the time."

At Chelsea, it was José Mourinho who trained him and made him rise to fame: "He is very demanding and intense, at that time it was good for me, to grow as a footballer, I really enjoy learning and working hard. A lot with him and he's a good person and a good coach, he gave me a lot of confidence and I have good memories."

Finally, his ways separated and he decided to leave Stamford Bridge: "I felt it was difficult for him not to count on me, injured, Mourinho is a winner and only wants strong players, so he started to fight." He changed the system to two forwards and I could play forwards, but Drogba and Shevchenko were the starters.