Bayern Munich winger has revealed that he was close to joining Manchester United, before ultimately joining Chelsea in 2004.
The then 20-year-old was one of the most exciting players in Europe, and ultimately made the move from PSV Eindhoven to Stamford Bridge where he would spend three years before moving on to Real Madrid and then current club Bayern Munich.
However, speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, the Dutchman revealed how close he was to making the move to Old Trafford:
“I had a very good conversation with [Sir Alex Ferguson] over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life. I also went and had a good look around the training ground and everything was good.
“But after I went back to PSV nothing happened. There was no real contact and the deal didn’t happen. PSV were also negotiating with Chelsea at that time, so maybe they offered PSV more money? I don’t really know.
“I spoke to Chelsea and I liked their plans. We had one meeting and everything was done pretty quickly.
“Had Manchester United offered me a deal straight after I met them, I would have signed there, but it didn’t happen and I’ve got no regrets.”
During his three years in the Premier League, he made 105 appearances for the Blues, scoring 19 goals, and won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cup winners medals.