Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that he told Robin van Persie the news that would be leaving the club during an end-of-season golf day.
Van Persie has joined Fenerbahce after jetting into Istanbul earlier this week, although some reports claim that a fee hasn't been agreed with the Red Devils despite both the player and the Turkish club announcing the deal.
The Dutch striker struggled for form and fitness last season and managed just 10 Premier League goals, his lowest return since 2010.
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Reports emerging from Manchester claimed that Van Persie's relationship with Van Gaal, who handed the striker the captain's armband for the Netherlands' World Cup campaign last year, had started to deteriorate towards the end of the campaign.
Now his three-year stint at the club has come to an end Van Gaal has shed some light on his compatriot's exit, and revealed the exact moment he told him he was leaving.
Asked about his decision to let Van Persie leave, Van Gaal told reporters: “I have said that in a conversation with him and we have to keep it like that.
“But he knew that already from the day we have played golf. After we played golf, we talked about the perspective for him at Manchester United.”
Van Persie seemed to hint at his uneasy relationship with Van Gaal when announcing his departure from Manchester United by thanking 'everyone in the squad' as well as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, with no mention of his former boss.
Although the former Arsenal striker has been paraded by Fenerbahce in front of their fans, Manchester United have not confirmed the deal officially amidst reports that a fee has not been agreed.
It was thought that Fenerbahce would pay £4.7 million for his services but the Press Association say that has not been formalised just yet.
Van Gaal came out with all guns blazing yesterday as he spoke to reporters about his four summer signings at the start of Manchester United's tour of north America.
He burned Victor Valdes over his apparent refusal to play for the Under-21's, suggested that Rafael was being sold because he couldn't defend, and warned every one of his players that they risk being dropped if they don't perform regardless of their reputation.
If he was trying to set the tone for the upcoming season then it certainly worked, although he risks being too hard on his players. His time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich came to an end prematurely because his relationship with his players broke down over his authoritarian ways, and he needs to avoid making the same mistake this time round.
Has Van Gaal gone too far by criticising some of his players and threatening them?
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