Robin van Persie tweets goodbye to Manchester United & Arsenal fans

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Robin van Persie was today revealed as the new superstar of Fenerbahce, signing his contract in front of thousands of extremely excited and equally loud fans.

It brought an end to an 11-year association with English football in which time he won an FA Cup with Arsenal and a Premier League title with Manchester United.

It is not the most glorious of trophy hauls, but he has certainly made more of an impression than his trophy cabinet suggests. He also won two Golden Boots and scored a total of 144 goals in the Premier League; good enough to see him make the top ten all-time list.


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His greatest legacy, however, will be his decision to leave Arsenal, where he was captain, for Manchester United back in 2012.

The Holland international announced on his personal website that he had decided against renewing his Arsenal contract, which at the time had just 12 months to run. He completed a £24 million move to Old Trafford and fired the Red Devils to their 20th league title.

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But until that point he was a hero amongst Arsenal fans and a talisman in what was otherwise a mediocre team, at least by Arsene Wenger's incredibly high standards.

While Arsenal fans may not feel the same way, Van Persie has shared an emotional message with fans from both sides, giving his thanks for their support during his spell in English football.

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The deal

Manchester United agreed to sell Van Persie for just £4.7m. The reason the fee is so small is because the Turkish outfit have agreed to pay the 31-year-old his £250,000-a-week wages, freeing the Red Devils of any financial supplementation.

However, there were unconfirmed reports that Van Persie wanted a £12m payoff to leave Old Trafford and it is not confirmed whether or not Louis van Gaal agreed to pay it.

What is certain is that Van Persie cost Manchester United a lot of money. With the £24m transfer fee and his £12m-a-year wages, a total of £60m was spent on his three year stay.

But after winning them the title in Sir Alex Ferguson's final year, most United fans will agree he was worth the money.


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