Robin van Persie claims Arsenal requested he rejected any opportunity to speak to the media last summer as the north London club negotiated the striker's proposed transfer to Manchester United.

The Dutchman was the only Netherlands player to stay silent during their disastrous Euro 2012 campaign, with Van Persie himself enduring a disappointing tournament after a fine season with Arsenal.

Van Persie had confirmed weeks before that he would not be renewing his contract with the Gunners -  leading to speculation he could be sold in the 2012 transfer window - and the 29-year-old claims he was told to stay silent.

The Manchester United forward revealed the truth behind his media shunning after being named as the captain of the Netherlands, and ensured the press he would fulfil the commitments that come with the role of being skipper.

"That was a wish of my club Arsenal and that had everything to do with the sensitivity of my proposed transfer to Manchester United," Van Persie explained.

"I didn't estimate the outcome really at the time. Maybe I was too naïve.

"To be the only one to not talk, I became a mythical figure and the outside world thought I was placing myself out of the group."

Following Van Persie's campaign of silence at the European Championships, the double Premier League golden boot winner secured his transfer to Manchester United - moving to Old Trafford for a fee of £24 million on August 15.

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