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

By Martyn Ziegler

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.

"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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