Van Gaal reveals ‘great and high’ conversation.
The 29-year-old has been dropped from Van Gaal’s starting line-up for Holland’s international friendly with Belgium on Wednesday night and the coach is keen to see him settle his future ahead of the Oranje’s impending World Cup qualifiers.
But the experienced coach knows only Van Persie, who scored 30 league goals last season, can decide where his future lies.
Van Gaal told a press conference aired on Sky Sports: “I think the player always has to decide for himself.
“When he wants he can ask me for advice but then I’ll speak to him, not to you.”
He added: “I had the conversation and it was unbelievable. A great and high level, not only at a human side but also in the football vision. It was one of the best meetings I’ve had with an individual player.”
Asked whether it was important, with next month’s qualifiers against Turkey and Hungary looming, that Van Persie decided his future sooner rather than later, the former Barcelona boss added: “Yes, of course. But it’s for the English clubs, and Arsenal of course, to decide.”
SOURCE: Sporting Life
And the award for the strangest comments of the summer go to Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal…
We’re not sure whether the press conference mentioned by the source was in English or not, but there seems to be every possibility that Van Gaal has either been misquoted or poorly translated.
The Oranje head-coach claims to have had a ‘great and high’ conversation with star striker Robin van Persie, suggesting the pair may have met in one of Amsterdam’s legendary coffee houses rather than Van Gaal’s office.
Jokes aside, as van Persie’s suitors have dwindled from three to one, is it possible that a late move from either Barcelona or Real Madrid is on the cards?
Arsenal would surely allow their skipper to move to La Liga for a cut price, rather than strengthen fierce rivals Man United and the Dutchman would jump at the chance to join either club.
If anyone can tell van Persie about Spain it’s Van Gaal, who has had two different spells as Barca boss. We wonder if he’s had a word.
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