Wednesday 17 January 2018

Robin van Persie: Manchester United and I are evaluating my situation at Old Trafford

Robin Van Persie's future with Man Utd has been thrown into doubt following a disappointing season for the striker
Robin Van Persie's future with Man Utd has been thrown into doubt following a disappointing season for the striker

Mark Ogden

Robin van Persie has cast renewed doubt on his Manchester United future by admitting that both he and the club are "evaluating" his position at Old Trafford.

Van Persie (31) is entering the final year of his United contract with no talks planned over a new deal following a disappointing campaign during which he scored just 10 goals in 29 first-team appearances.

The Dutchman, a £25million signing from Arsenal in August 2012, is a target of the Turkish club Fenerbahce but the United manager Louis van Gaal is understood to be keen to retain Van Persie (pictured) next season following Radamel Falcao's return to Monaco and the likely summer sale of Javier Hernandez.

With Wayne Rooney emerging as Van Gaal's favoured option at centre-forward, Van Persie, speaking ahead of Holland's international friendly against the United States in Amsterdam on Friday, admitted that he was uncertain as to whether he would still be a United player next season.

"I must evaluate the situation," Van Persie said. "The club is doing that as well. I must consider what I really want. If I contemplate the negative and say I won't play much next season, that wouldn't be good for me with Euro 2016 coming up.

"It's a strange, difficult situation. A new situation, that's a better word. I have to think, in a realistic way. It's my ambition to play the next years and I'm thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take.

"These are very important for me. I'm a real family guy. I think it's fantastic to see how happy my children and wife are. That's something I take in consideration when I'm thinking about my future."

With Van Gaal appointed at United at the end of last season, his relationship with Van Persie - the captain during his two-year reign as Holland manager - had been regarded as a likely boost to the striker, who had endured a difficult campaign under David Moyes last season.

However, Van Persie's form arguably deteriorated under Van Gaal and the player now believes that his exertions at last summer's World Cup took their toll on his club form.

"The World Cup hit me hard. I noticed I wasn't as sharp as usual at the beginning of the season. That was difficult."

He also claimed that the pressures of playing for United, as opposed to previous clubs Arsenal and Feyenoord, had also proved difficult to bear.

"But I have to deal with that. I made that choice and must accept the consequences."

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