Van Persie would never join City

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Robin van Persie's father has claimed it would be 'impossible' for the Arsenal striker to join Premier League rivals Manchester City, reports Sky Sports.

The 28-year-old Dutch international has been heavily linked with a move away from north London this summer, as talks over a new contract continue to stall.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to keep his captain at the Emirates Stadium, despite growing interest in Spain, from the likes of La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Van Persie still has 12 months to run on his existing Arsenal deal, but failure to secure his long-term future could result in him leaving for nothing next year, if the club choose not to sell during the current transfer window.

With the forward currently in Euro 2012 action with Holland, a decision is unlikely to be announced until after the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, but after recent comments from Bob van Persie, there is hope he may commit.

"He'd never go to Manchester City as it's impossible he would play for another Premier League side that wasn't Arsenal," his father is quoted by El Mundo Deportivo. "[And] it would make no sense to go to Barcelona when they've already got Leo Messi.

"Real Madrid would be a good option, but they are not so much a team as a collection of star names, so he wouldn't really fit in there either."

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