Manchester United striker Robin van Persie wants to play on for another 12 years, reports The Sun.
The Dutchman, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career, has insisted that he wants to at least play on until he's 40-years-old, and has even set a target of another two years on top of that.
That means Van Persie would emulate and surpass Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, who recently retired at the end of last season, aged 40.
But the striker has insisted that he wants to continue his footballing career for as long as possible, as he told reporters: “Ideally I want to play until I’m 40 — maybe I can stretch that to 42.
“My goal is to play 22 years of professional football and I want to experience as many good moments as I can.
“I have the best job in the world.”
Van Persie's immediate focus, however, will turn to the up coming World Cup. The Dutch have been drawn a tricky draw, as they look set to take on holders Spain this Friday evening. And the Manchester United striker will be desperate to prove himself against the Spaniards.
But can he really go on for another 12 years? Most neutrals will have there doubts. After all, the forward has been struck down with many niggling injuries over a sustained period of time.
Giggs was a one off and a fantastic ambassador for Manchester United. The Welshman looked after himself and was desperate to play on for as long as possible. Van Persie will have to have the same mentality as his Red Devils coach. Is it really likely, though, that Van Persie will be able to stay at the top level for another 12 years? In truth, he may only have a couple of years left in him at Manchester United.
Perhaps then he will look for new challenges as he enters the twilight years of his career. He certainly won't lose his eye for goal, and will be able to find the net for many years yet. It's just crucial that he stays injury free and continues to prove himself throughout his latter years in the game.
Van Persie, firstly, needs to have a good World Cup, and then take his form into his club career. He's still a key player for Manchester United and he must get back to his best for the Red Devils next term.
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