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Van Persie Dismisses Move Rumours And Commits Future To Man Utd
The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Robin van Persie addresses his future.
The Dutchman’s future has been a hot topic in recent months with speculation claiming he could be set for a move at the end of the season after growing increasingly frustrated with life at Old Trafford under David Moyes, and van Persie fuelled the flames with his outburst following United’s 2-0 loss to Olympiakos last month when he branded the team as ‘lousy’ and complained that other players were occupying his spaces on the pitch.
Reports have suggested a shock move back to Arsenal could be on the cards with the strikers agent believed to have already held talks with Arsene Wenger, while Chelsea have also been touted as a possible destination for the 30-year-old as Jose Mourinho looks to bring in a world class striker this summer.
However, van Persie has now spoken out about his future in an interview in United’s official match programme ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool, and he insists he’s happy playing under Moyes and would even be willing to extend his contract with the club – with his current deal expiring in just over two year time.
“Last time I checked, my head was still attached to my body,” Van Persie said. “So I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading.
“The truth is I’m very happy here at this club. I signed for four years and I’d be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract. I’m very happy with my team-mates and I’m very happy with my manager and his staff.
“The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I’m learning a lot from them every day.” van Persie is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
While United are clearly enduring a difficult first season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, reports in Holland have suggested that van Persie has also found it difficult to adapt to David Moyes’ rigorous training methods which have been blamed for the strikers injury-plagued season.
However, again the former Arsenal hitman has jumped to the defence of his new boss and insists he’s learning a lot from working under the Scot.
“I’ve been a professional footballer for 12 years now and there’s no doubt I’m learning new things and progressing with David Moyes,” Van Persie said.
“Over the last few years, I’ve started to look more closely at the way coaches work to learn from them – not just here at the club, but with the international team as well.
“I’ve worked with some brilliant coaches and I’ve taken a real interest in all the methods they use and the choices they make. And Moyes’ sessions and the things he says in his team meetings are spot on.
“I really enjoy working under him and I’m absolutely convinced things will pick up and we’ll turn it around. He really wants things to work here at Manchester United and I want the same, just like the other players. We’re all working hard to make this work.” van Persie is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
Van Persie enjoyed an excellent first season at Old Trafford following his £24m move from Arsenal after scoring 30 goals in 48 appearances to help the Red Devils lift the Premier League title.
However, a series of niggling injuries have restricted him to just 23 appearances this campaign, and although he’s still managed an impressive 14 goals, it’s not been enough to prevent United from being on course for their worst season in 20 years.
While this interview should clear up question marks over his future, it’s unlikely to stop the newspapers from speculating over the coming months, particularly if United go on to miss out on Champions League football next season.
A move back to Arsenal was always highly unlikely while a switch to Stamford Bridge would also have been difficult to pull off, but it will be interesting to see if van Persie really does stay at United next season. Arsenal fans will be quick to remind us that they heard all this kind of thing from RVP shortly before the player jumped ship. Will he do the same at United?
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