Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has sought to end fervent speculation over his future.
In an official interview with the club's website, the striker - who has been linked with the likes of Premier League rivals Chelsea in recent weeks - has acknowledged recent criticism and insisted that he is 'very happy' where he is and even that he would be 'delighted' to extend his stay with the Premier League champions beyond the end of his current contract.
"I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch. They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care… and a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right. So I don’t mind that," Van Persie said.
“What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions, or interpret things as if they are me. Last time I checked my head was still attached to my body, so I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading.
“The truth is I’m very happy here at this club. I signed for four years and I’d be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract. This is how I feel, although it’s not what has been suggested in the media.”
Speculation concerning an uneasy relationship between Van Persie and new Manchester United boss David Moyes is nothing new, but rumours concerning his unhappiness at Old Trafford grew last month as he appeared to verbally lambast his teammates following the shock 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League during an interview with Dutch TV.
This - coupled with his seemingly petulant on-field demeanour that almost saw him given his marching orders during last week's 3-0 win over West Brom at The Hawthorn - has led to a ton of transfer speculation regarding Van Persie, with Chelsea believed to be in the race for the £18 million-rated striker's signature.
However, Van Persie - who joined Manchester United in a somewhat controversial and surprising move from Arsenal almost two years ago - has reassured supporters that he is perfectly content with both his teammates and playing under Moyes.
"I’m very happy with my team-mates and I’m very happy with my manager and his staff. The sessions we have on the training ground are fantasticand I’m learning a lot from them every day. I’ve been a professional footballer for 12 years now and there’s no doubt I’m learning new things and progressing with David Moyes," he added.
Van Persie also went on to claim that there was good mutual respect between the two and that he was convinced Manchester United would begin to turn things around.
They will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce this Sunday in what is sure to be a tricky and feisty encounter with old rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
If Van Persie's statement is to be believed, then it looks as if Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will have to look elsewhere for a new striker this summer.
Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa - who made his international debut for Spain against Italy last week - looks as if he could now be the focus, with rumours yesterday suggesting that Chelsea had made him their top transfer target for the coming summer.
Manchester United fans - are you happy with what Van Persie has had to say? Do you see him extending his contract at the club? Was a potential move to Chelsea really ever on the cards? Let us know your thoughts on such a big story below...
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