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Manchester United's Robin van Persie lifts the Premier League trophy. Picture: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United's Robin van Persie lifts the Premier League trophy. Picture: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United's Robin van Persie lifts the Premier League trophy. Picture: REUTERS/Phil Noble

ROBIN VAN PERSIE has no intention of resting on his single Premier League title winners' medal.

By his own admission, the Dutchman had grown increasingly frustrated at his failure to add to the FA Cup he lifted with Arsenal in 2005.

It was one of the major reasons why the 29-year-old opted to make the £24million move to Old Trafford last summer.

The switch has paid off, with the striker landing both the championship and the Golden Boot for the second season running.

But Van Persie is not finished.

It might be the end of an era at Old Trafford following the exit of Alex Ferguson but he intends to help launch a new one under David Moyes.

"I am not thinking I have my medal and this is it," Van Persie said.

"It tastes beautiful. But I know how it feels now and I want more.

"That is the idea of all the lads. It is a great feeling. It only gives you the taste for more. Hopefully next season we can win the double."

Pictures of the Arsenal outfit he left behind celebrating another top-four finish underline the fundamental difference Van Persie felt at his old club – he wanted something more than just a tilt at the Champions League.

"I do think it is important for a player to win medals," he said.

"You play football to win. If you add up all those wins, it has to end up in a big trophy."

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp says his "heart breaks" to see Shinji Kagawa playing a bit-part role at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Dortmund last summer, but has been far from a first-team regular and even then has often had to play out of position.

The departure of Kagawa is part of a pattern for Dortmund coach Klopp, who this season has seen Mario Gotze agree to join Bayern Munich, with Robert Lewandowski likely to follow.

Klopp said: "Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing! My heart breaks. Central midfield is Shinji's best role. He's an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw."

His side's run to the Champions League final has brought Klopp to the attention of some of the world's biggest clubs, but for now he is happy at Dortmund.

He said: "In this moment I don't think of anything else.

"If I went to many clubs now and said: 'Hello – bring me offers', maybe some would start running. But I'm not interested because, for me, this is the most interesting football project in the world.

"In three or four years, if someone wants me, we can speak."


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