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Rio Ferdinand: 'Arjen Robben rejected Man Utd because he didn't like the smell'

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand reveals that Arjen Robben turned down a move to Old Trafford before joining Chelsea as he "didn't like the smell".

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Arjen Robben turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford because "he didn't like the smell".

Robben joined Chelsea as part of Roman Abramovich's revolution in 2004, winning six trophies at Stamford Bridge including two Premier League titles.

However, Ferdinand revealed that United were also interested in the Dutch winger and believes that it would have been a "great" signing had Robben's visit to the training ground been more successful.

"What a player. Robben was great. We should have signed him at Man United. I think he came to the training ground. He walked around and didn't like the smell and walked off and went Chelsea. I couldn't believe it, man. He would have been great for us," Ferdinand said during a Q&A on his Instagram page.

"You knew he was going to come back in on his left but the left-back couldn't deal with it,. He'd be saying, 'I'm going to come in on my left, you're not gonna stop me'. And they didn't."

Robben hung his boots up at the end of last season following a career which saw him win 30 trophies, including 12 league titles in four different countries.

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ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

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· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

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· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

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· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

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