Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was 'gutted' when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement, according to former teammate Rio Ferdinand.
And reports in French newspaper Le 10 Sport claim the Dutch forward is not fully happy with life at Old Trafford despite his quotes to the contrary, and Real Madrid and Barcelona are monitoring his availability.
In the first few weeks of the new season, reports emerged claiming Van Persie was not happy with the direction of the club.
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Ferdinand recently revealed that Van Persie was heavily affected by the departure of Ferguson, who brought him to Old Trafford from Arsenal to win titles.
Van Perise fired United to the Premier League title in his first season, and the Dutch international was under the impression that that was only the beginning in terms of trophy success.
But Ferguson announced his retirement, throwing RVP's decision to join the Red Devils into question. It didn't help that Ferguson's appointed successor, David Moyes, did not work out and United finished a lowly seventh in the table.
The arrival of Louis van Gaal was thought to be good news for Van Persie, as the Dutch duo had worked together for the national team. But the arrival of Radamel Falcao on loan has thrown Van Persie's place in the team into question, especially as van Gaal has confirmed that his captain Wayne Rooney is 'undroppable'.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been alerted to the situation, and Le 10 Sport claims the Spanish giants are monitoring developments with keen interest.
Should van Persie become available in the January transfer window, they may act quickly, and as far as United are concerned it may not be the worst idea to offload the former-Arsenal star - after all, they have Falcao now and Van Persie will be 32 next year.