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Robin van Persie will return to Excelsior, claims his father

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Robin van Persie will return to former club Excelsior in the future, according to the Manchester United striker's father.

30-year-old Van Persie - who is preparing to captain his native Netherlands in this summer's World Cup tournament in Brazil - spent several years as a youngster with the newly-promoted Eredivisie outfit before his move to Feyenoord in 2001.

Manchester United fans should not despair, however, as it appears that Bob van Persie is not talking about his son leaving Old Trafford just yet. 

"When his contract ends in Manchester, he'll be 33. As long as he is fit enough - and I am sure he will be - he'll stay in Manchester," he told The Blizzard in an interview that was cited by The Daily Star.

"Then, he will go back to Excelsior. Money will never be an issue. Robin is hyperactive. He was like that as a kid and will always be like that. He needs football to burn his energy and he will be like that for the rest of his life. So he's got to look forwards.

"He'll probably always be loyal to Excelsior, Arsenal and Manchester United. Those clubs are like home."

Such a display of loyalty will be particularly refreshing from such a global star and a perfect riposte to those who initially accused him of lacking that very quality following his move from the Gunners to Manchester United two summers ago.

While last season was a difficult one for Van Persie as he struggled to replicate his previous form due to persistent injuries and a seemingly fractious and uneasy relationship with David Moyes, the club's supporters should be feeling very optimistic about his chances of firing them back to a top-four berth in 2014/15.

In new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, Van Persie is gaining a key ally who should be aware of precisely how to get the best out of his many talents.

The 30-year-old - the Netherlands' all-time top goalscorer - has flourished under Van Gaal at international level and was obviously delighted to have been handed the responsibility of donning the armband on a regular basis.

And with Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic set to leave the club to join Serie A outfit Inter Milan and club stalwart Ryan Giggs having retired from playing in order to join Van Gaal's coaching staff, who is to say he won't be in the running to succeed the formidable Serbian?

While there may well be one or two players who might be considered likelier candidates for the role, Van Persie may well relish the chance to lead such a reputable club and it could even have a decisive impact upon his form.

An eventual return to Excelsior will surely do wonders for the club's reputation. Let's just hope that Marinus Dijkhuizen's side are still in the Dutch top-flight by the time Van Persie decides to return home.

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