Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie has put Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United and neighbours City on red alert, after hinting he'll look to remain in England if he ends up leaving the Gunners.
The 28-year-old Dutchman has reiterated the fact that he is in no rush to sign a new deal in north London, as he reportedly waits on the outcome of the business conducted in the January transfer window before committing his future.
With his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2013, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be desperate not to end up in the same situation Arsenal found themselves in when Samir Nasri forced through a £24million move from the Emirates to Manchester City.
Wenger had no option but to cash-in on the want-away Frenchman, or else risked losing him for nothing the following year, and the same scenario is on the horizon for Van Persie.
"I do not know [what I will do], I cannot predict the future," the Arsenal striker told The Times. "Everybody makes his own history and only afterwards can you see how that went."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also a known admirer of Van Persie's talents, but it is not clear whether he would be interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.
City have been credited with an interest as they look to continue the progress they have made in attempting to usurp the Red Devils both domestically and in Europe, and the summer signing of Nasri and Gael Clichy from Arsenal has gone some way to achieving that.
"I do not know," Van Persie continued. "For one thing, as an indication, when I came to Arsenal we immediately beat City. But in recent years much has happened in England."
"Nevertheless, I think the Premiership is still the best league in the world, it gives me everything I want."
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