Robin van Persie is unlikely to leave Manchester United this summer as the Premier League giants prepare for the potential arrival of compatriot Louis van Gaal, reports suggest.
This is according to Goal, who suggest that Van Persie had been considering his future under the doomed 10-month regime of the hapless David Moyes that was swiftly brought to an ugly conclusion last week, but that he is now unlikely to depart Old Trafford with it looking increasingly likely that Van Gaal will succeed the Scot.
62-year-old Van Gaal - who is believed to enjoy a good relationship with Van Persie - is due to lead the Netherlands into the World Cup finals this summer but will relinquish the role after the tournament in Brazil.
Indeed, reports over the weekend have suggested that he has already agreed a deal to take charge at Manchester United next season - although the club have since denied that they have signed a new manager.
Although seasoned Dutch international Van Persie has been out of action for over a month now with a troublesome knee injury sustained during the Champions League second-leg win over Olympiakos - a game in which he notched a memorable hat-trick - he remains an integral figure of the first-team setup at Old Trafford.
Having scored 26 goals in 28 top-flight appearances last season, Van Persie - who joined Manchester United from old rivals Arsenal during the summer of 2012 - was a key reason that the club were able to win a final title under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson.
And while he seemed perfectly content under the guidance of the legendary 'Fergie', Van Persie appeared to cut an increasingly frustrated figure after former Everton stalwart Moyes was chosen as his replacement.
While such claims were dismissed by the player himself, Van Persie - despite still boasting a commendable scoring record - did not hit the same high expectations during the early stages of the 2013/14 season but presumably could hit those heights once again if Van Gaal arrives in the North West.
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