Robin van Persie defiant over Manchester United future

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is determined to prove himself at the club, despite heavy speculation linking him with an exit from Old Trafford.

Van Persie, who was voted the club’s player of the year in 2012, has been linked to several clubs across Europe, after struggling to regularly make the first-team last season.

The 31-year-old only netted ten goals last season and manager Van Gaal has been unconvinced by the Dutchman after his first season in charge.

Rather than being tempted by big sides such as Juventus, Van Persie is determined prove himself at the club where he won his first Premier League title.

“Am I worried? No, I’m totally relaxed,” Van Persie said.

“I have a contract with this club until 2016. Things could change now, but that all depends on Manchester United not me. Believe me, I’m relaxed — I’m not going to be part of a puppet show.

“In August I’m 32. But I still have the ambition to play for another eight years. In a few years’ time I may have to accept that I will no longer play at the very highest level.

“I don’t think that moment is coming now. I still feel very, very fit. Playing in the first-team is very important for me. This is why I will probably step down one level when I am 36 or 37. But not now.

“Whenever I have been fit at United I was playing in the first team all the time. People talk about my injuries, but I’ve only had one this season. I’ve seen too many players quit early.
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“Most of them regret this soon after. I’ve seen those players in the national team and at my own clubs. Even big legends have regretted their retirement. Look at Paul Scholes.

“He did quit the game but he kept training and was missing football so much, because he knew he was still capable of playing at that level.”

Whether or not the former Arsenal man wants to admit it, he does have some reasons to be concerned.

Van Gaal isn’t holding back on the comings and goings at the club and United are currently in search of a big name striker.

Van Persie sounds determined to keep his place at the club but with wages in excess of £200,000 a week and no guarantees of regular first-team football next year, there is a distinct possibility he could be leaving this summer.

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