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Manchester United Striker Robin Van Persie Wants To Extend His Contract At Old Trafford

Dutchman’s future at the club had been in some doubt. 

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie says that he is “very happy” with the Premier League champions and wants to extend his stay at Old Trafford, according to reports on BBC Sport Online.

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The Netherlands international, who joined the Red Devils from arch-rivals Arsenal in a hugely controversial transfer in August 2012 for £24m, had appeared unhappy with life in the north west recently, with stories suggesting that he wanted to quit the Theatre of Dreams this summer.

“The truth is I’m very happy here,” he said. “I signed for four years and I’d be delighted to stay longer, beyond the next two years I have on my contract.

“There is no doubt I’m learning new things and progressing with David Moyes. The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I’m learning a lot from them every day.

“There is mutual respect between us and the work environment is actually good. He really wants things to work and I want the same.

“You can count my interviews this season on one hand, so maybe when I do speak people want to turn it into something sensational.

“I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch. A lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right.

“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. I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling.

“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.

“Talk about a tackle that was too late. I don’t mind. But 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.

“Over the last few years I’ve started to look more closely at the way coaches work.

“I’ve taken a real interest in all the methods they use. I can tell you 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.”