Robin van Persie has given the biggest indication yet that his time at Manchester United is coming to an end by admitting that his situation at Old Trafford is ‘strange’ and ‘difficult’.
The striker managed only 10 goals during the 2014-15 campaign, and while Radamel Falcao bore the brunt of criticism following his miserable four-goal return, van Persie too has come under increasing scrutiny.
While the former Arsenal forward can look back on injury misfortune as one reason for his disappointment campaign, it was telling that even as the season came to a close, he found himself behind the hapless Falcao in Louis van Gaal’s pecking order.
The former Feyenoord man will turn 32 during the summer, and with only one year left on his current deal with the Red Devils, speculation is mounting that he will be shown the exit door the transfer window.
The Mirror report that both Juventus and Fenerbahce are keen on the hitman, and a departure may be imminent.
As reported by The Guardian, the striker has lent weight to the reports linking him with a move away from Old Trafford by admitting that he is considering his options.
“It’s a strange, difficult situation,” the Dutchman began, “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. I’m thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take. These are very important for me.
He continued: “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 into consideration when I’m thinking about my future.”
With Memphis Depay having already arrived to bolster the forward line, and further additions set to follow, van Gaal is believed to be considering offloading the hitman [via The Guardian].
Van Persie’s form and striking contribution at Old Trafford has declined year on year since he swapped London for Manchester in 2012.
He hit the ground running during his first campaign, bagging 30 goals as Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out with a title at Old Trafford.
However, during David Moyes’s ill-fated stint as coach last term he managed only 18 goals as wear and tear began to show, while his decline has been even more evident over the last 12 months.