Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has admitted that he could leave the club at the end of next season, reports the Daily Mail.
The Dutch international, who has endured a tricky campaign under Louis van Gaal this term, runs out of contract at the club at the end of next season, and could depart Old Trafford if the hierarchy fail to reward him with a new deal.
Van Persie has admitted that his long term future is out of his hands, as he will have to wait and see whether he's offered a new Manchester United contract.
There's no doubt about it, after a remarkable debut campaign with the club, the forward has struggled to find his best form over the last 16 months or so, but still seems determined to succeed over the coming weeks and months.
Lack of goals
In fact, Van Persie has insisted that he will continue to work hard as he goes in search of improvement in the second half of the season.
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The forward told reporters: "This year I have played something like 20 games and I have scored eight goals – I am not happy with that. I want to score more. I will do everything, every day in training and during the games, I will keep doing what I have been doing for the last 10 years to make those goals.
"Obviously we are not scoring enough goals, including me. I have to be honest. I think everyone in the team is responsible. Everyone feels responsible. I do definitely.
"It is a very thin line between scoring a load or goals and only a couple. I know what I have to do to create those opportunities. I will keep doing that. At the moment, it is not enough. I know that. I will do everything I can to improve that.
"In my last couple of games I didn't score. Can I really blame myself for that? I am always asking myself that question."
Van Persie has highlighted recent games against the likes of Cambridge and Tottenham as matches the Red Devils should have scored more goals in, but he's insisted that goals will come for the club's forwards.
He continued by saying: "Even in games against Cambridge and top games, how many chances do strikers get. One? Two? So you have to take them.
"Sometimes it is a very thin line between winning a game 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 or drawing or losing because it is just based on those little chances. If you take them or not. If we did, we could have won 4-2, 3-1, 3-0 against Cambridge. Then we would be having a different conversation.
"Against Cambridge, I don't think I can blame (Angel) Di Maria for the great pass or blame myself for the way I hit it.
"Against Spurs, for example, there was that ball from (Michael) Carrick and I had one touch, another touch and another. I went to finish with my right leg. Normally, nine out of 10 keepers will make a move and it will be a goal. But not that day. If I scored that goal we would have won the game.
"But I’m convinced that if we keep doing what we are doing, because we do create chances, if the strikers just take those chances that we are doing I think we have a chance of scoring again.
And, on his long-term Manchester United future, Van Persie has insisted that he will stay on with the club until the end of next season, but isn't sure whether he will be offered a new deal over the course of the next 12 months or so.
The United striker finished by saying: "It is not up to me. For the moment I am staying here for 18 months. That is it really. I can’t look into the future. I don’t know what is going to happen after that. We shall have to wait and see."
Van Persie, then, will be hoping to find the net this weekend as the Red Devils play host to Premier League strugglers Leicester City. The Dutchman will be hoping to feature, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, James Wilson and Radamel Falcao all in contention for a starting place.
Van Gaal's side will be desperate to secure all three points this weekend as the Red Devils go in search of revenge after suffering a 5-3 defeat to Nigel Pearson's side earlier on this season.
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