Manchester United striker Robin van Persie won't be completing a shock move to Qatari champions Lekhwiya this summer, it has been confirmed.
As reported by ESPN, Lekhwiya general secretary Adnan Ali has insisted that rumours linking the Dutch striker with a move to the club aren't true.
Van Persie, of course, has endured a torrid campaign under the guidance of Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, having failed to maintain his form and fitness throughout the course of the season.
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In fact, the 31-year-old, who earns as much as £240,000-a-week to star in Manchester, has scored on just 10 occasions this term.
Unsurprisingly, then, with the forward set to enter the final year of his contract at the club, his long term future appears to be in some doubt, but it appears that he won't be moving to Qatar anytime soon.
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Lekhwiya may well be managed by ex-Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup, but it appears that he doesn't have any plans to bring one of the Premier League's top strikers to his side.
The club's general secretary told Doha Stadium Plus: "There's no truth in the news. I don't know whose creation is that."
It's far from certain as to whether any other club will make a move for the United forward in the next window, but it certainly looks set to be an interesting summer for the ageing forward.
One more year
One thing's for sure, despite the player's struggles this past season, Van Persie shouldn't give up on his Old Trafford career just yet. At the end of the day, after playing a leading role in helping the Red Devils secure the Premier League title in the 2012/13 campaign, he will be determined to win at least one more title before leaving English soil.
Ok the Dutchman may not be the striker he once was, but if he can find his fitness, then there's no reason why he can't play a key role in leading the club up the division next term.
Perhaps he will no longer be the club's main man in attack, but he certainly has more than enough about him to play an influential role. After playing such a key role at the 2014 World Cup, a summer of rest will no doubt help the forward, who will be determined to rediscover his best form for United.
He shouldn't give up on United just yet, and they must not give up on him. The striker deserves one more season at Old Trafford.
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