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Robin van Persie labelled an ****hole by Pierre van Hooijdonk

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Robin van Persie has been branded an ****hole by Pierre van Hooijdonk as a bitter feud between the two Dutchman threatens to spiral out of control.

The former Holland international made headlines in his native country after he controversially called on Louis van Gaal to drop Van Persie from his international squad during last year's World Cup.

Unsurprisingly, the comments made their way back to the striker, who did not agree. In response, Van Persie told Van Hooijdonk – via the media – to "stick to playing golf".

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And then it all went quiet for a while, but the Celtic legend has reopened old wounds in a recent interview, saying Van Persie's response left him with an even lower opinion of his compatriot.

He told Dutch television show Derksen &: “I don’t know what his problem is. It says more about him than about me, but I did think for a second: ‘You ****hole.’

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“I may have been too soft on him, so people could not say I wanted to take revenge on him when I reacted back then. Obviously he has more problems with me than I with him.”

Abrasive character

Whether on or off the pitch, Van Persie has never shied away from confrontation in what has been a career filled with astronomical highs and catastrophic lows.

Now 31, Van Persie was given his marching orders by Manchester United manager Van Gaal in the summer and chose to accept a move to the one club willing to match his £250,000-a-week wages.

Fenerbahce would represent one final pay day for Van Persie, but he has so far struggled to get to grips with Turkish football and has been criticised by pundits for not rekindling his best form. He has, however, a healthy return thus far, scoring four goals in nine appearances.

It also seems the striker has a fractious relationship with manager Vitor Pereira. The Portuguese has shown no hesitation to drop the 101-cap international. Out of his nine games in the Super Lig, four have been from the substitutes' bench.

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