Robin van Persie could end up staying at Manchester United beyond this summer, despite the fact the Red Devils currently have no plans to offer the Dutch striker a new contract.
Van Persie’s contract expires in the summer of 2016 and speculation has intensified over recent weeks claiming United will look to offload the 31-year-old at the end of the current campaign.
However, according to James Ducker - The Times’ reliable Northern Football Correspondent - there’s every chance United will keep Van Persie at Old Trafford for at least one more season.
Ducker: No certainty Van Persie will leave
“Thirty-two in August and with mounting concerns about his poor fitness, Van Persie, who has started 48 of the club’s past 94 matches, will enter the final 12 months of his £240,000-a-week contract this summer and has admitted that he is unsure what the future holds,” Ducker wrote.
“There is no certainty that Van Persie will depart, though. His huge wages would be prohibitive for most clubs and, with Radamel Falcao, the Colombia striker, expected to return to Monaco once his disappointing loan spell expires at the end of the season, United are already in the market for a forward.”
Falcao and Hernandez set to leave
Both Falcao and Javier Hernandez are almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer, while James Wilson could be sent out on loan if Louis van Gaal feels the 19-year-old is not quite ready for a regular run in Manchester United’s first team.
Wayne Rooney is now Van Gaal’s undisputed first-choice centre-forward - although quite why it took the veteran Dutch coach so long to realise his captain’s qualities as a striker is puzzling - and Van Persie may have to leave the club if he wants regular first-team football.
There will be plenty of opportunities for him to play next season, however, with United on course to qualify for the Champions League following a one-season absence - but Rooney is likely to be Van Gaal’s first choice for the club’s most important fixtures.
Van Persie has struggled for form and fitness
Van Persie has struggled for form and fitness since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford at the end of the 2012-13 campaign - the season in which the former Arsenal captain was instrumental for his new employers.
He repaid his £24 million transfer fee in that one season alone, and Manchester United must have known when they signed him that the chances of recouping a decent fee on a striker plagued by injury problems throughout his career were slim.
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