Robin van Persie has confirmed that he won’t be looking to leave Manchester United this summer and wants to instead stay and fight for his place.
The Dutchman’s future has been the subject of much speculation ahead of Louis van Gaal’s third transfer window in charge at Old Trafford, but now, as per the Daily Mirror, supporters wanting to know just what will happen regarding the 31-year-old have been given something of a positive update.
Van Persie, whose first season under his former international boss was relatively underwhelming all things considered, spoke to state that he wouldn’t be actively seeking an exit from Old Trafford, but at the same time it doesn’t appear he is keen to be anything but a regular starter.
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“Am I worried? No, I’m totally relaxed. I have a contract with this club until 2016," Van Persie said.
“Things could change now, but that all depends on Manchester United not me. Believe me, I’m relaxed – I’m not going to be part of a puppet show."
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Whether or not he is turned into a backup option will likely rely on who Van Gaal can lure to Manchester during the summer transfer window.
Not since his first term at United, where he bagged 30 Premier League goals under Sir Alex Ferguson, has Van Persie looked like one of the most lethal forwards in world football, and from a neutral perspective it does look like there are better options to be had.
Albeit mostly due to injuries Van Persie only found the net 10 times last year, and if Van Gaal wanted to relieve the club of his services then he’d be well within his rights to do so on that stat alone.
The ex-Arsenal captain will be 32 soon and so that’s also got to be taken into account, although there is every chance his second campaign working with Van Gaal will bear the fruits supporters expected to see initially.
In any case he’s sure to have more competition next year if he does stick around, with Van Gaal hotly linked with a number of European striker as he looks to build a team capable of competing in both the Champions League and providing Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal with a sustained title challenge.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is one man who finds himself persistently mentioned in connection with a Red Devils transfer and he would difficult to leave on the bench, with Radamel Falcao’s exit after a season-long loan virtually ensuring that another frontman is needed if Van Gaal is to have satisfactory firepower.
United fans, do you think Van Persie will stay or go this summer? Does he deserve to be given a chance by Van Gaal? Let us know in the comments box below.