Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed that he plans to play for the Dutch national team in the 2018 World Cup, reports Goal.com.
The Red Devils forward, who has yet to get off the mark this term, starred for the Dutch national side in this past summer's tournament, and he's now revealed that he wants to carry on for as long as possible.
At 31-years-old, Van Persie has insisted that he can go on for another nine years, but has admitted that he's unlikely to be playing at the highest level by the time he reaches 40.
"I will do whatever it takes to make it to the 2018 World Cup," Van Persie declared to De Volkskrant.
"I am living a calm and relaxed life. That should save me a few years. It's my goal to keep playing at the highest level for as long as possible and being available for the national team is part of that.
"I am 31 now and I have a little less than nine years to go. I won't be playing for a major club any more at the age of 40, although I do still want to be playing professional football at that age. That's my goal."
Worry for United
So, with Van Persie determined to play on for as long as possible with the Netherlands, should fans of Manchester United be worried? After all, the Dutchman has endured a number of injuries throughout his career and would be forgiven for wanting to concentrate on his club career.
And, while you have to give him credit for wanting to prolong his international status for as long as possible, it could have major repercussions for himself at United. There's no doubt about it, Van Persie could have done with a rest this past summer after a tricky 2013/14 campaign.
The Dutchman failed to live up to the heights of his debut season at Old Trafford last time out, and never looked fully fit in Brazil despite playing a key role for his country. It's not surprising, then, that the forward has started slowly this season, too.
After being handed an extended break after the World Cup, Van Persie missed United's league opener with Swansea - a game the club ultimately lost. And, in games against Sunderland and Burnley, Van Persie hasn't looked anywhere near his best.
The likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Co. have all extended their Manchester United careers by pulling out of the international scene, but Van Persie looks set to go down another route. It certainly won't be easy for Van Persie, though, and he will have to look after his body as he attempts to play at the top level.
How long can he really go on at Old Trafford?
In truth, Van Persie must already be worried about his place in the team at Manchester United. After the club secured the signature of Radamel Falcao from Monaco, the Dutchman now has to compete for places with the Colombian and Wayne Rooney at United.
And, after a poor start to the campaign, it wouldn't be a major surprise if Van Persie was dropped by Van Gaal - starting this weekend.
Manchester United play host to QPR and will be determined to secure three points against the Hoops as they go in search of their first competitive win under the new regime. Van Gaal will be hoping Van Persie can find his best form again in the red shirt, but the striker's time may well be running out at Old Trafford.
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