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Robin van Persie's dad claims son planning long Manchester United stay

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie's son has used a feature-length interview on the Netherlands international in the Blizzard to reaffirm the forward's commitment to the Red Devils, insisting he could stay at Old Trafford beyond the length of his current contract.

Van Persie's four-year deal with United expires in 2016, by which time the Premier League superstar will be 33 and under pressure to prove he can extend his career at the top level.

Despite scoring 16 goals for United in all competitions last season Van Persie's campaign was ruined by persistent injury problems, with the Red Devils badly missing the previous season's top scorer at key points during 10 torturous months under the leadership of David Moyes.

The 30-year-old is currently preparing for this summer's World Cup but father Bob is adamant his son has a long-term vision for the future, which could include playing for United at the highest level for as long as possible.

In an interview republished by the Guardian he revealed: “When his contract ends in Manchester he’ll be 33.

"As long as he’s fit enough – and I’m sure he will be – he’ll stay in Manchester. Then he’ll go back to Excelsior. Money will never be an issue."

United fans will no doubt be nervous onlookers at Holland's games throughout this summer's South American showpiece, hoping Van Persie returns after the tournament near full fitness and capable of spearheading dramatic improvement for United from the start of next season.

The World Cup will also provide Red Devils followers with the chance to watch Van Persie and new United boss Louis van Gaal work together closely, as the veteran coach completes his obligation to the Netherlands before joining his captain at the Theatre of Dreams in July.

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