Robben bigs up Van Gaal, but says he is staying at Bayern.
Manchester United’s hopes of signing Netherlands winger Arjen Robben from Bayern Munich this summer have been extinguished.
The 30-year-old, who spent three years at Chelsea before leaving to join Real Madrid in 2007, had been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
It has been reported that new United manager Louis van Gaal, who coached the Dutch national team to third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was keen to link up with Robben at club level.
However, Robben has committed his future to his current employers, with whom he has won three Bundesliga titles and one Champions League.
The Express quotes 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 has three years left to run on his current contract at the Allianz Arena.
He scored four goals and provided four assists in 10 Champions League matches last season.
Robben played six games at this summer’s World Cup, where he was directly involved in four goals, scoring three and setting one up.