Robin van Persie is keen to stay at Manchester United beyond this summer - but only if the Red Devils still want him and he is guaranteed his fair share of playing time next season.
The Netherlands international has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, with reports suggesting Manchester United have little desire - at this moment in time - to extend the 31-year-old’s contract, which expires in the summer of 2016.
But the Daily Mail understand that Van Persie, despite accepting Wayne Rooney is now the Red Devils’ first-choice striker, has told Louis van Gaal he is more than happy to stay at Old Trafford.
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It’s also believed that Van Persie is settled in north-west England, where his children attend a school in Cheshire.
“Robin is in no rush to leave,” a source told the Daily Mail. “He still thinks he can achieve things and contribute at Old Trafford.”
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Van Persie not interested in move to Turkey
Turkish giants Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have both been linked with Van Persie, the former Arsenal captain who completed a shock £24 million move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012 before winning the Premier League title in his debut season with the Red Devils.
But the Dutchman does not appear to be remotely tempted by the opportunity to move to Turkey, and would instead prefer to help Manchester United attempt to win the Premier League title next season.
Van Persie will be United's second-choice striker
Should he stay, Van Persie would still be United’s second-choice centre-forward, with Radamel Falcao almost certain to leave Old Trafford when his loan deal expires this summer.
James Wilson is still young and not quite ready for regular first-team football with Van Gaal’s side, while Javier Hernandez could yet secure a permanent move to Real Madrid following an unexpected hot streak over the past week.
With Manchester United on course to secure Champions League qualification, it’s safe to assume Van Persie would see plenty of action over the main four competitions throughout the 2015-16 campaign.
But Van Gaal could sign another striker
But that could change if Van Gaal decides United are in need of another centre-forward.
That Manchester United have been linked to several first-class strikers over recent months - most notably Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani - comes as no surprise. Speculation linking the Red Devils, and other top clubs, to the world’s best players is endless.
But there’s a chance that Van Gaal will attempt to secure the services of a younger striker, such as Burnley’s Danny Ings, to provide competition for Rooney.
That could leave Van Persie facing a summer exit from Old Trafford, regardless of whether or not he has a preference to stay put.
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