Why do guys want to stay friends with a girl if they don't want to date her?

Anonymous
From personal experience, this usually happens when a guy and girl have some sort of history, whether it be verging on romantic or it stayed platonic--but it was in a gray, not-ever-defined way. As long as there were no extremely hard feeling and everyone was mature about it, I suppose it's possible but let's get specific. If the guy is dating someone else, new girlfriend or went back to an ex, why does he still want to be friends with the girl he rejected? Does he just want to keep the other girl as an option? Are there any feelings involved at all? WHAT DOES IT MEAN
Can you just be friends if there were "feels" involved? Is this a compliment or nah...
Why do guys want to stay friends with a girl if they don't want to date her?
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