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Robin van Persie admits he could leave Manchester United

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has admitted that he could be on the move in the summer transfer window.

The Dutch striker won the Premier League in his first season at Old Trafford following his move from Arsenal in 2012, but has struggled for games and goals this time round.

The 31-year-old managed 10 goals in 27 Premier League appearances last term while he also suffered a string of injuries which disrupted his campaign - and now he could be on his way out of the club. Van Persie's current contract expires in 2016 and he is yet to be offered new terms amidst reports that he could be on his way to either Turkey or Italy.

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Now the striker has conceded that he could be on his way out of the club, however he also hinted he would be willing to stay with a reduced role next season for the sake of his family. 

"I must evaluate the situation,' he said. "The club is doing that as well. I must consider what I really want. If worse comes to the worst and I won't be playing much next season I wouldn't be in an ideal situation with Euro 2016 coming up [next summer] "

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"It's a strange, difficult situation. A new situation, that's a better word. I have to think, in a realistic way. It's my ambition to play [regularly] in the next years.

"But I'm thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take. These are very important for me. I'm a real family guy. I think it's fantastic to see how happy my children and wife are. That's something I take in consideration when I'm thinking about my future."

Van Persie currently lives in Cheshire near Manchester United's training ground,  while he watched his son feature for Manchester City's academy side last week. The Red Devils have already ditched one forward ahead of the summer window, Radamel Falcao, who has returned to Monaco after his loan spell in Manchester came to an end.

Number one

Wayne Rooney appears to be boss Louis van Gaal's number one choice, although he is reportedly eyeing up a move for a top striker in the upcoming window. The Dutch man is believed to have been interested in Edinson Cavani, while Cristiano Ronaldo has been suggested as another option.

Van Persie admits that he is tired of all the speculation, but insists he's comfortable because it is part and parcel of being a Manchester United player. "Manchester United is a beast, and that has two sides,' he explained.

"Manchester United is viewed and followed by more people than at other clubs and also more media. I have to deal with that. I made that choice and must accept the consequences."

Opinion

Robin van Persie was heavily criticised for his switch to Manchester United from Arsenal but with a title winners medal under his belt, even if he were to leave now he'd still be vindicated.

The Dutchman has plenty to offer and would perfectly suit a slightly reduced role - the Red Devils will play in four competitions next season and it looks unlikely they'll sign a top striker simply because so few are available. That makes it more likely that they will go for a youngster like Danny Ings or have James Wilson as a third forward which means Van Persie will share the main load with Rooney.

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