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Wednesday 26 November 2014

I'll not be moving to Manchester United, says Dutch gem Argen Robben

Netherland's Arjen Robben
Netherland's Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben has ruled out the possibility of joining Manchester United.

Robben has been linked with United ever since it was announced that Louis van Gaal would be taking over at Old Trafford after the World Cup.

Robben admitted following Holland's 3-0 win over Brazil that Van Gaal had offered him a place in the United squad next season.

The winger says he shares a "special bond" with Van Gaal, but that does not mean he will be following the new United boss to Old Trafford for the new season.

"I have a special bond with him. He is the most important coach in my career," Robben said.

"(Moving to United) is not an option though. I will stay at Bayern Munich."

Van Gaal will head to his new job at Manchester United with mixed emotions this week.

The 62-year-old was disappointed not to win the tournament, but he did not have a bad word to say about his players.

The Holland coach, who has been handed a three-year contract at Old Trafford, has a special relationship with the squad and he now wants build the same in England with his new players.

"There will always be a place in my heart for these 23 players and my staff," said Van Gaal when asked whether he would miss working with the Holland squad.

Mario Goetze of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's goal with Thomas Mueller against Argentina
Mario Goetze of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's goal with Thomas Mueller against Argentina
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Mesut Oezil of Germany holds the World Cup trophy while celebrating with teammates Kevin Grosskreutz, Roman Weidenfeller, Matthias Ginter, Shkodran Mustafi and Erik Durm of Germany after defeating Argentina 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Germany celebrate after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany celebrates with the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Philipp Lahm of Germany lifts the World Cup trophy with teammates after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Germany's Mats Hummels and Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi battle for the ball during the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after putting the ball into the back of the net but the goal is disallowed for offside during the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Christoph Kramer of Germany lies on the pitch after a collision during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Referee Nicola Rizzoli intervenes as Ezequiel Lavezzi (L), Pablo Zabaleta (C) and Marcos Rojo of Argentina clash with Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Referee Nicola Rizzoli intervenes as Ezequiel Lavezzi (L), Pablo Zabaleta (C) and Marcos Rojo of Argentina clash with Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Head coach Joachim Loew of Germany looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Head coach Alejandro Sabella of Argentina looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Football fans supporting the German national team watch the FIFA World Cup final on a big screen in the 'Bavarian Beerhouse' pub in East London on July 13, 2014 in London, England. The FIFA World Cup final will take place in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro between Germany and Argentina, with an expected global television audience of more than a billion viewers. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Referee Nicola Rizzoli gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: An Argentina fan at Hophaus reacts after a missed chance for goal while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina on July 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Football fans supporting the German national team watch the FIFA World Cup final on a big screen in the 'Bavarian Beerhouse' pub in East London on July 13, 2014 in London, England. The FIFA World Cup final will take place in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro between Germany and Argentina, with an expected global television audience of more than a billion viewers. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina scores a goal past Manuel Neuer of Germany but it is disallowed due to offsides being called during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: German fans at Hophaus react after conceding a goal that was later ruled offside while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina on July 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina scores a goal but it is disallowed due to offsides as Philipp Lahm of Germany gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Lionel Messi of Argentina and Thomas Mueller of Germany appeal to referee Nicola Rizzoli as Martin Demichelis of Argentina speaks to Philipp Lahm of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Benedikt Hoewedes of Germany reacts after a missed chance as Lucas Biglia of Argentina looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Toni Kroos of Germany and Enzo Perez of Argentina compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Mesut Oezil of Germany controls the ball against Enzo Perez (L) and Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Mesut Oezil of Germany controls the ball against Pablo Zabaleta (L) and Enzo Perez of Argentina during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Ezequiel Lavezzi of Argentina and Andre Schuerrle of Germany compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Referee Nicola Rizzoli separates Thomas Mueller of Germany and Marcos Rojo of Argentina during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Benedikt Hoewedes of Germany competes for the ball with Ezequiel Lavezzi of Argentina during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina celebrates scoring a disallowed goal with teammate Marcos Rojo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany reacts after being shown a yellow card during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany is shown a yellow card by referee Nicola Rizzoli during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina celebrates scoring a disallowed goal with teammate Marcos Rojo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Lionel Messi of Argentina speaks to a linesman during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Lionel Messi of Argentina speaks to a linesman during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Ezequiel Lavezzi of Argentina controls the ball against Benedikt Hoewedes (L) and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Enzo Perez of Argentina is challenged by Mesut Oezil of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

"I have top staff. They are great people. My players were even better. It was a great group. I hope that the group in Manchester will become like this one. We have to start singing from the same hymn sheet."

Given that Holland only went out of the competition on penalties after a 0-0 draw against Argentina, Van Gaal became the first Holland coach to go through a World Cup unbeaten.

He thinks it will be hard to do the same with United, who finished seventh last year under David Moyes.

"I wasn't able to do it with Ajax, Bayern Munich or Barcelona," he said. "Losing is just part of the job."

"I hope at Manchester United I can do my best," he said. "I will do my best. Whether that's enough for the fans I will wait and see."

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