Manchester United complete signing of Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie has spoken of his "honour" at signing for Manchester United after completing a £22m move from Arsenal following a successful medical this morning.
The 29 year-old, who has signed a four-year deal at Old Trafford worth £200,000-a-week, is expected to make his United debut in Monday’s Premier League opener at Everton.
Van Persie is due to be unveiled by United at a press conference at Old Trafford this afternoon and the Dutch forward admits he is desperate to begin his career at the club this weekend.
"It’s an honour to sign for Manchester United." Van Persie said. "I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I can’t wait to get started."
United beat off competition from Manchester City and Juventus to sign last season’s double Footballer of the Year.
And manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims he has added a "world-class striker" to his squad by capturing the former Feyenoord forward.
Ferguson said: "Robin is a world class striker with a proven record in England and in European football.
"His talents need no introduction to our fans - he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club.
"His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.
"The boy wanted to come. He turned down various clubs. If he hadn't told Arsenal he wanted to go to Manchester United, the transfer wouldn't have happened."
Ferguson admitted he thought it would be impossible to get Van Persie to sign, but had to make an attempt when the striker did not sign a new contract with the north London club.
"It has given everyone a lift," said Ferguson. "I have a complication to my life (selection). I don't know how I managed in 1999.
"They can gel together. Robin's best position is furthest up the pitch. The most important thing is to win what we want to win. These players can help us to do that."
Ferguson revealed he was still looking at a new signing for "one more position" but "only if a certain player came available".