Michael van Gerwen rules out a Phil Taylor comeback to darts: ‘He loves to wind people up’

Phil Taylor has teased a possible return to darts but Michael van Gerwen isn’t having it (Picture: Getty Images)

Michael van Gerwen has dismissed the possibility of a Phil Taylor comeback to the oche, insisting that any suggestion of a return to darts is a wind up.

The Power called time on his darting career after losing the World Championship final to Rob Cross on 1 January 2018 and has not been seen in a professional contest since.

The 16-time world champion is still throwing arrows in exhibitions and has made a couple of hints at a comeback, going as far as saying: ‘I’d love to have another bash, especially at Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. I do miss that little bit of camaraderie.’

MVG has ruled this out, though, and believes Taylor has no intention of making a return, despite what he says.

‘Of course me and Phil sometimes speak but he starts laughing because he loves to wind people up,’ Van Gerwen told Live Darts. ‘He’s not coming back, he loves the banter.

‘People probably underestimate how good he was for the sport, what he did for the sport and darts and how good he was, not only with his darts, but also with the mental aspect.’

Van Gerwen and Taylor and plenty of classic contests, competing on the oche together for over a decade.

The overall head-to-head record finished 34-26 in Taylor’s favour, with two draws, but one specific defeat stands out in the Dutchman’s mind.

Mighty Mike first reached the World Championship final in 2013 but fell 7-4 to the Power and while this still rankles with him, he is pretty content with his three world crowns so far.

‘I had a big chance to beat him in the final, it was possible but unfortunately I didn’t win,’ MVG said.

‘You only can look forward and you have to move on. I’m still doing okay, so nothing to worry about.’

Van Gerwen gets his 2020 World Championship campaign underway on the opening night of the tournament, 13 December, against either Jelle Klaasen or Kevin Burness, as he looks to retain the title for the first time.

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