Van Persie would be wanted by any club in Europe - Moyes

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie would be wanted by any club in Europe, according to manager David Moyes, who has lamented the absence of the Netherlands international through a recently sustained knee injury.

Van Persie scored a hat-trick against Olympiacos last week to fire Manchester United into the last eight of this season’s Champions League, but a knock he picked up at the end of the encounter could keep the 30-year-old sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

His treble at Old Trafford agains the Greek champions took Van Persie to 17 goals for the season, and 47 in 73 appearances for Manchester United since his transfer from Arsenal, and Moyes says the forward is among the very elite in his position in Europe.

"There is no club in Europe that wouldn't want Van Persie at centre-forward," the Manchester United manager told reporters. “He is a massive miss. He changed the game against Olympiacos with the goals he scored.”

The future of Van Persie as a Manchester United player has been the subject of frequent speculation of late and, despite the player claiming he wants to stay with the club, reports about a potential summer departure persist.

Manchester United may reportedly yet choose to remove the £230,000-a-week player from their wage bill at the end of the campaign, with AC Milan credited with interest in bringing Van Persie to the San Siro.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move to bring Van Persie back to the Emirates Stadium, having controversially sold their captain to Manchester United for around £24 million in the summer of 2012.

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