Robin Van Persie has put an end to all speculation surrounding his future by indicating that he is happy at Manchester United and will not be leaving the club this summer.
Following his comments after the first leg defeat at Olympiakos, Robin Van Persie has been the subject of much speculation, with many suggesting that the Dutch international will be on his way out of United after having allegedly broken-up with manager David Moyes.
The Dutch striker criticised his team-mates and had been seen questioning the manager which led people to believe that he was unsettled at Manchester United. So much so that Dutch coach Raymond Verheijen himself spoke about Van Persie being unsettled at United and wanting a way out. Former Dutch international Ronald de Boer also spoke about Van Persie being unsatisfied under David Moyes which led many believe that there could be no smoke without fire. The situation was such that David Moyes himself publicly defended Van Persie, claiming that all was well with his Dutch striker.
However Robin Van Persie spoke to ‘Inside United’ to clean the air and has revealed that he is happy and satisfied at Manchester United and is looking to see out his contract with the Red Devils.
“The truth is I’m very happy here at this club. I signed for four years and I’d be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract.”
Following his criticism of his team-mates, Van Persie had reportedly fallen out with the players and had also spoilt his relationship with the manager after questioning Moyes’ tactics. But in the interview, the striker claimed that he enjoyed the support of his team-mates and had a pleasant relationship with the manager.
“I’m very happy with my team-mates and I’m very happy with my manager and his staff. I can tell you that Moyes’ sessions and the things he says in his team meetings are spot-on. I really enjoy working under him and I’m absolutely convinced things will pick up and we’ll turn it around.”
The striker claimed to be disappointed with reports suggesting a ‘bust-up’ with his manager and claimed that he was learning a lot of things under Moyes leadership at United.
“It goes too far when people start suggesting, amongst other things, that I have a bad understanding with the manager. That’s not true at all.”
“There is mutual respect between us and the work environment is actually good. He really wants things to work here at Manchester United and I want the same, just like the other players. We’re all working hard to make this work.”
The player claimed that much was said about his situation at Manchester United by those who were not aware of the details.
“What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions, or interpret things as if they are me.”
“Last time I checked my head was still attached to my body, so I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading.”
“I know I probably only see about 10 per cent of what’s written about me, but the things I have read recently aren’t based on the truth.”
But even though the striker has claimed that he is happy at Manchester United, one cannot help but look at it with a sceptical eye. It seems that his clarification is a delayed attempt by club officials to keep the matter in control. It is no secret that Van Persie signed to play under Sir Alex Ferguson and that he has been left disappointed by United’s campaign under Moyes. His open criticism did not go down well with the players and the Dutch international’s comments seem to be a desperate attempt to prevent the dressing room from imploding. With reports suggesting United’s interest in Edison Cavani, the Robin Van Persie saga seems far from over for now.