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Ferdinand reveals why Arjen Robben rejected Man United transfer

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Rio Ferdinand says he would have loved Arjen Robben to have signed for Manchester United.

Chelsea eventually signed Robben and Ferdinand admits he would have loved to have played with him at Old Trafford.

When asked to compare Ryan Giggs with the Dutch great Ferdinand backed his former United teammate, but revealed how close he came to making his dream come true.

Sir Alex Ferguson met with Robben in London and invited the youngster to the club's Carrington training ground, however the clubs could not agree on a fee for him.

After bursting onto the scene at PSV Eindhoven the winger was in high demand heading into the 2004 summer transfer window with both United and Chelsea keen to sign him.

What a player, Robben was great.

The Dutch winger earned legendary status for his time in European football where he impressed at Chelsea before enjoying the best years of his career at Bayern Munich.
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