Robin van Persie is leaving Manchester United because he feels as though he has been 'betrayed' by manager Louis van Gaal.
The Dutch striker is on the verge of completing a £4.7 million move to Fenerbahce, and is said to have already undergone a medical with the Turkish club.
The move is a surprise turnaround for Van Persie, who 12 months ago was captaining the Netherlands under Van Gaal at the World Cup in Brazil. The 31-year-old suffered a loss of form and fitness last season and managed just 10 Premier League goals in 27 games, his worst return since the 2009/10 campaign.
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Now it seems his three-season stay at Old Trafford is coming to an end and according to the Sun the former Arsenal man is less than happy about it.
The paper claims that Van Persie is 'furious' at his impending departure and feels as though he is being forced out. It also adds that the striker feels as though he was instrumental in Van Gaal getting the job with Manchester United and now feels he has been stabbed in the back by the powers that be.
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The issue between Van Gaal and Van Persie is said to arise from the perception that the latter didn't always give 100% in training.
Van Gaal is said to have had the same problem with Radamel Falcao who was still feeling the after effects of a serious knee injury, which was behind the decision to return the misfiring Colombian back to Monaco at the end of his loan.
Van Persie admitted his situation with Manchester United was 'strange' earlier on in the summer, but he hinted that he would stay put and fight for a place in the starting XI because his family were settled in England.
However former Liverpool ace Dirk Kuyt, who played for Fenerbahce for three seasons, is said to have been instrumental in persuading the striker and his wife to head to Turkey. The deal is expected to be closed soon although there is a hold up over money, with Fenerbahce unable to match Van Persie's £200,000k-a-week salary, while his representatives are still trying to secure the remaining portion of the £10 million loyalty bonus he is owed by Manchester United.
The deal to sell Van Persie makes very little sense. Last season Van Gaal had three top quality strikers and struggled to keep them all happy. He's got rid of that headache because now he only has one - but that opens up a whole other can of worms.
Surely the right decision is to keep Van Persie for another season as back-up to Wayne Rooney, with James Wilson developing behind them both. Everyone has a defined role, Van Persie's family can stay put and Manchester United get the best out of all of them. With the return of European football as well as two domestic cups, all three would get plenty of games.
However the front line of last season has been decimated. Van Gaal must have a replacement lined up already in order to let Van Persie leave, otherwise he is in serious trouble.
Finish the sentence: The perfect Van Persie replacement is: ___________
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