Robin van Persie admits that he is assessing his Manchester United future ahead of the 2016 UEFA European Championship next year, but confesses that his family will have the final say this summer.
The 31-year-old scored 24 goals in his debut campaign at the Theatre of Dreams – firing the Manchester giants to their 20th Premier League title – but his form in front of goal has weakened significantly since.
The former Arsenal ace failed to make an impact in Louis van Gaal’s first season in the Old Trafford dug-out last season.
In 2114 minutes of action, the Netherlands international finished the campaign as the Red Devils’ second-highest goalscorer; however, with a tally of just 10, it highlights how significantly his form in front of goal has deteriorated. It must also be noted that top-scorer Wayne Rooney was deployed in central midfield 18 times out of his 33 domestic starts.
Manchester United’s return to the top four, despite the poor performances of van Persie, therefore suggests that the Dutchman’s career with the Premier League giants – and perhaps in England – could be coming to a close.
He has been linked with a summer transfer to Galatasary and the Turkish champions’ manager Hamza Hamzaoglu confirmed their interest earlier in the month [Manchester Evening News]. The player himself, however, has revealed that his future is still under assessment, and his wife and children will be key in his decision.
“Next year is the European Championship. That tournament is going to play a big role in the choice I will make,” as quoted by The Sun.
“I have to be in my best form. But most important is the wish of my wife and children.
“Whatever I do, Bouchra, Shaqueel and Dina Layla are the highest of my priorities. They have to be happy.”
Since moving to England’s top flight in May 2004 from Feyenoord, the Dutch forward has won just two major trophies: the FA Cup with the Gunners and the Premier League with the Red Devils. He has also claimed two Community Shield titles.