Robin van Persie has revealed that he wants to remain at Manchester United beyond his current contract, which runs until the summer of 2016, according to reports.
In an interview with official match day programme United Review, the striker says he felt he had to address current press speculation claiming he wants to leave Manchester United and that he doesn’t get along with key staff and team-mates.
“I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch,” Van Persie said.
“They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care… and a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right. So I don’t mind that.
“What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions, or interpret things as if they are me. Last time I checked my head was still attached to my body, 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. This is how I feel, although it’s not what has been suggested in the media.”
The Dutch international also confirmed that he has a good relationship with his team-mates and coaching staff as well as manager David Moyes. Over the course of the last few months there have been rumours of dressing room discontent and possible friction between player and coach, but Van Persie was quick to quell these suggestions.
“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. 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.
“Like I said, talk about my performances or talk about a tackle that was too late. I don’t mind. But it goes too far when people start suggesting, amongst other things, that I have a bad understanding with the manager. That’s not true at all.
“There is mutual respect between us and the work environment is actually good. 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 in line to be in Manchester United's match day squad for Sunday's game against Liverpool at Old Trafford, which promises to be an enthralling affair.
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