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Van Persie has denied he wants to leave United. (©GettyImages)
Van Persie has denied he wants to leave United. (©GettyImages).

Robin van Persie has moved to end speculation he is unhappy at Manchester United, by saying he would be interested in signing a new contract at Old Trafford.

Reports in recent weeks have suggested that the Dutchman wants to leave the Premier League champions, with Juventus and Arsenal among the host of clubs linked with the 30-year-old. It has also been widely suggested that Van Persie and manager David Moyes have had a number of disagreements during the Scotsman's brief tenure as United boss.

Speaking to United Review, the Old Trafford match day programme, Van Persie said: "The truth is I'm very happy here. I signed for four years and I'd be delighted to stay longer, beyond the next two years I have on my contract." 

Concerning Moyes, the Dutch international was complimentary of the former Everton boss. 

"There is no doubt I'm learning new things and progressing with David Moyes," he said.

"The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I'm learning a lot from them every day.There is mutual respect between us and the work environment is actually good. He really wants things to work and I want the same."

The former Arsenal striker also said that his lack of interviews may have added to the speculation. The situation has been further aggravated, particularly by coaches within the Dutch national squad, but Van Persie was keen to stress he is happy in Manchester.

"You can count my interviews this season on one hand, so maybe when I do speak people want to turn it into something sensational," van Persie said. "I don't mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I've done on the pitch. A lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right."

"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. I'm the only one who knows exactly what I'm feeling."

"I probably only see about 10 per cent of what's written about me, but the things I have read recently aren't based on the truth. 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."

Van Persie will be hoping to aid United in a crucial week, with a home game against bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday, followed by the Champions League last 16 second-leg three days later against Olympiakos at Old Trafford.

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