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Robin van Persie not close to leaving Manchester United says agent

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The agent of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has denied he is on the verge of leaving the club amidst rumours linking him with a move to Turkey.

The Dutch forward endured a mediocre campaign last time round and wasn't an automatic starter, and now he's said to be on the verge of leaving the club. 

The 31-year-old has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford and is said to have concerns over his role next season under Louis van Gaal - a major turnaround from his key role under the Manchester United boss at the World Cup last year with the Netherlands.

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Over the weekend it was claimed that the former Arsenal man was closing in on a move to Turkey with Fenerbahce and Besiktas jostling for his signature.

It was also claimed that he had already agreed a four year contract with Fenerbahce however he has returned to Manchester ahead of pre-season training and his agent Kees Voss told Voetbal international that wasn't the case and that he was committed to the Red Devils.

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"If Robin had found a new club, we would have announced it. And I’m in the Netherlands right now," he said. "All I can say that tomorrow (Monday) Robin will simply report at Manchester United for the first training session."

According to reports Van Persie would like to see out his contract with Manchester United rather than leave this summer, and will fight for his place in the first team alongside Wayne Rooney.

Staying put

The fact that his family is settled in Manchester is said to have played a major role in his decision to stay put.

One Manchester United player who is on his way to Turkey is Nani, who arrived in the country last night to sign a contract with Fenerbahce.

Strikers

Van Persie may find competition increases for a starting spot at Old Trafford with the arrival of a big-name forward. Van Gaal is looking at a host of options including Karim Benzema from Real Madrid and Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.

If either does sign on the dotted line then Van Persie is likely to be relegated to third-choice striker, and so far the powers that be at Old Trafford haven't intimated that he will be offered new terms beyond the end of next season.

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