Arjen Robben insists he has no animosity towards Robin van Persie after it was confirmed the Manchester United striker will retain the captain's armband for the Holland national team under the new tutelage of Guus Hiddink.
The Bayern Munich winger is quoted in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, reluctantly accepting the decision of the new Netherlands head coach to prolong Van Persie's period as skipper.
Under the former stewardship of Louis van Gaal the 31-year-old talisman was handed the responsibility by the now Red Devils boss, and captained his country to distinction at the World Cup in Brazil over the summer.
Change at the top
Despite his impressive leadership qualities, Robben might've anticipated that a change of manager could've opened up an opportunity for him to take over duties from Van Persie, having previously been given the armband in the absence of the current skipper.
"I have a number of times been allowed to wear the captain's armband and that is absolutely the best there is," confirmed the Bundesliga forward, quotes translated by Sport Witness. "But it's not that I assumed or expected it to be me.
"That Robin van Persie is the new captain is just. He has done well at the World Cup and we will continue doing it."
Robben was also a firm favourite under Van Gaal, proven by the fact that the Manchester United manager tried to entice him to Old Trafford upon joining the Premier League giants earlier this summer.
However, despite holding huge admiration for the veteran tactician the 30-year-old made clear he had no desire to leave the Allianz Arena and instead reiterated his commitment to the Bavarian club, currently guided by Pep Guardiola.
The Red Devils' response was to complete a British transfer record deal for Angel di Maria, signing the Argentina international from Real Madrid for a mouthwatering £59.7 million.
Di Maria has made an impressive start to his career in England's top-flight, and Van Gaal has already drawn comparisons with Robben, stating last month his confidence that the South American could have a similar impact to the one made by the former Chelsea man when he first arrived at Bayern from Real Madrid five years ago.
And, with three goals and three assists in his first five Manchester United appearances, Di Maria is already justifying his price-tag having been the catalyst for a significant upturn in form for Van Gaal's charges over the past few weeks, as they look to continue climbing the Premier League table in a bid to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.News Now - Sport News