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I'M STAYING AT BAYERN, SAYS ROBBEN

Holland winger 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 said, following Holland's 3-0 win over Brazil yesterday morning (Singapore time), 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, who has indicated that he will start work at United on Wednesday, 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."

Robben (above) has been in top form under van Gaal's stewardship at the World Cup.

The former Chelsea winger has made the shortlist for Player of the Tournament after scoring three goals and making one assist during Holland's run to the last four.

But not signing a big-name player will not hinder van Gaal's task of reversing United's flagging fortunes, says former Holland and United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

The Mirror claims that the Red Devils are expecting to lose out in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, while possible moves for Arturo Vidal and Angel di Maria could fall through due to hefty valuations.

However, van der Sar is sure that the outgoing Dutch coach can work his magic at Old Trafford without requiring high-profile signings.

He said: "Van Gaal's best quality is to create a team and to get a squad playing brilliant football.

"Over the last few weeks, the United fans have witnessed how he guided this young, inexperienced Dutch squad to the semis - a squad who nobody gave a chance to finish in the top eight.

"Louis will arrive at Old Trafford with a glowing CV, based on the things he has done in European club football and on this World Cup in Brazil."

- Wire Services.

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