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Robin van Persie stars in BT Sport advert with his son, Shaqueel

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has starred alongside his son Shaqueel in a new advert for BT Sport, where he is filmed teaching the young protege a series of neat flicks and tricks on the streets of Manchester.

The Holland international has clearly taught his boy well when it comes to the balance, grace and guile needed to make it in the professional game, as the seven-year-old showcases a deft touch and awareness of the football that belies his age.

In the first instalment of a three-part exclusive Van Persie is seen carefully coaching Shaqueel before inadvertently being joined by a freestyle footballer who gains possession after a wayward kick.

In the second section the talented starlet takes on the uninvited guest in a straight trick-off, and proves he's a chip off the old block, much to the delight of the Red Devils marksman.

The 31-year-old has actually struggled to reproduce his best form at Old Trafford under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal this season, but judging by this the Van Persie name will live long in the memory with a bright career seemingly on the horizon for Shaqueel.

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Part Two:

The third and final part of the BT advert sees the father and son team engage in a two-vs-two game after the arrival of another freestyle specialist, and it's RVP junior that steals the show after scoring the decisive goal to put the small-sided match to bed.

Based on this evidence it's no surprise that Premier League clubs have already been queuing up to secure the exciting young talent's signature. Shaqueel has already enjoyed a brief spell with Van Persie's former club Arsenal whilst also spending time training with the Red Devils and their local rivals Manchester City.

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Speaking about his son's potential earlier this year, the Dutchman intimated that a professional football career could be in the pipeline, after telling the Daily Mail: "He shares my passion of being involved with loads of sports [and] his timing is incredible.

"He plays for his local team with his friends and he got scouted and now he is playing for both Manchester United and Manchester City.

"In about a year or so he will have to make his mind up."

The BT Sport advert, titled 'Like Father, Like Son' was actually recorded last year, and is available to watch on the TV channel's official YouTube channel - you have to see it to believe it!

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