Arjen Robben has ended rumours that he may follow new Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal to Old Trafford.
Dutch international Robben enjoyed a fine World Cup for the Netherlands under the tutelage of Van Gaal, but the former Chelsea winger has written off the chances of him returning to England.
Speaking on Dutch television, Sky Sports reported Robben as saying: "I have a special bond with him (Van Gaal). He is the most important coach in my career.
"(Moving to United) is not an option though. I will stay at Bayern Munich."
Robben's words will be a blow for Van Gaal, who now has one month to rebuild his new squad following the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. United have already recruited Luke Shaw from Southampton and Spaniard Ander Herrera, but Van Gaal will be keen to use the rest of July to bring in some fresh faces.
The most high-profile of those could be Arturo Vidal. Van Gaal spoke of his admiration for the Chile and Juventus midfielder Vidal ahead of his side's clash with the South Americans at the World Cup. Van Gaal said, "I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus."
The Dutchman chooses his words carefully, and such a statement shows that the interest from Old Trafford is genuine. And it would appear that the admiration is mutual, as The Independent tweeted:
The Daily Mail reported Vidal's comments to the Chilean newspaper La Tercera.
I've heard about the rumours, but I haven't spoken more about this subject.
I'm enjoying my holidays, and when I return to Italy I'll see what happens.
I'm very calm, but anyone would love to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
The signing of Vidal would be some coup for Old Trafford, and a fine showing in Brazil has seen the Chilean's stock rise still further.
A player just as comfortable in defence as he is in attack, Vidal can break up play and initiate counter-attacks seamlessly. Blessed with a terrific engine, Vidal provides some of the midfield tenacity that has been missing from Old Trafford since the glory days of Roy Keane's box-to-box dominance.
What remains clear, however, is that Van Gaal has much business to do before United kick off their Premier League campaign against Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16.
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