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Robin van Persie has Manchester United exit clause

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Robin van Persie has an exit clause in his contract that allows him to talk to other clubs if Manchester United should fail to finish in the top four.

This is according to Goal.com, who report that such a clause could lead to the Dutchman's exit from Old Trafford this summer but that any potential deal would, of course, still have to be agreed with and sanctioned by his current employers.

Striker Van Persie, who is valued at around the £18 million mark, only joined Manchester United from Arsenal during the summer of 2012 and helped fire the club to their 20th title success with a series of stellar performances during the final year of Sir Alex Ferguson's impressive reign.

However, Ferguson called time on his long stint as Manchester United boss this summer and his replacement - fellow Scot David Moyes - has struggled immensely to prove a capable successor to his iconic compatriot.

While Van Persie still can still boast an acceptable goalscoring record with 11 strikes in 17 Premier League appearances, his season has been largely disrupted by injury and rumours of him being unsettled.

Indeed, after appearing to criticise the play of his teammates following Manchester United's shock 2-0 Champions League defeat to Olympiacos in Greece last month, Van Persie also put in a very petulant-looking display against West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday - a game in which he can consider himself fortunate not to have been sent off.

Transfer speculation involving Van Persie has been rife for weeks now, with Premier League rivals and former club Arsenal having been linked with his signature, along with league leaders Chelsea, Serie A champions Juventus and French club Monaco.

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