A source close to Robin van Persie has revealed the Dutch striker is beginning to believe his future lies away from Manchester United.
The 31-year-old, whose current contract has less than 18 months to run, has been given no indication that the club plan to extend his initial four-year deal - and fears his time at Old Trafford is coming to an end.
Van Persie had hoped to finish his career with the Red Devils after joining the Premier League giants in a controversial £24 million switch from Arsenal in 2012 - but the chances of that happening are slim, according to a source close to the player.
Source reveals Van Persie's fear
The source in question told The Sun: “Increasingly it is looking like his future will be elsewhere and he is beginning to think that himself.”
Rather than allowing his contract to run down, Manchester United are reportedly keen to recoup some of the money they paid for Van Persie two-and-a-half years ago.
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Van Persie could leave this summer
This means listening to offers from interested clubs in the summer. It’s entirely possible these could be Van Persie’s final few months as a Manchester United player.
The Netherlands international enjoyed a stunning debut campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson, inspiring the Red Devils to their 20th league title.
However, no player in the Old Trafford dressing room was more affected by Ferguson’s retirement than the former Arsenal captain, who struggled for form and fitness under David Moyes.
Van Gaal struggling with Van Persie
Speculation was rife throughout the season that Van Persie did not see eye-to-eye with Moyes; and so, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Dutchman cut a delighted figure after learning Manchester United were on the brink of appointing his compatriot Louis van Gaal - the man who made him Netherlands captain - as their new manager.
But, despite the arrival of his friend Van Gaal, Van Persie has continued to look a shadow of his former self for the majority of this season.
With eight goals from 17 appearances this season, Van Persie is still capable of getting himself on the scoresheet, but no longer strikes fear into the heart of opposition defenders as he did for so many years prior to last season.
Van Persie will miss Saturday’s clash against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road - which will offer Radamel Falcao, another striker fighting for his Manchester United future, the chance to show Van Gaal why he deserves a place in the starting line-up ahead of his ageing teammate.
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