Robin van Persie has dismissed rumours claiming he needs surgery…
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Robin van Persie has rubbished speculation surrounding his apparent need for surgery, and claimed that he is fully-committed to holding down his first-team role at Manchester United.
The Dutch striker will have strong competition for his place following the arrival of AS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, as well as the club’s decision to name teammate Wayne Rooney as captain – meaning that the England skipper is unlikely to be left out.
United boss Louis van Gaal will certainly have plenty of selection decisions to overcome following a summer of heavy spending, which has also seen the arrivals of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria and Daley Blind.
According to the Daily Mail, initial reports suggested that Van Persie would require an operation on a troublesome knee injury. Any lengthy lay off would somewhat vindicate Falcao’s £6m loan deal arrival, but Van Persie has said that talk is “complete nonsense'” and he will fight for a place with the Colombian.
“I am impressed that people come pick up the imagination to invent something like that,” Van Persie told Fox Sports. “I do not know where it comes from and can say with my hand on my heart that I won’t be in a hospital to have the operation.”
The source adds that Falcao will wear the No 9 shirt at Old Trafford after the club’s sensational swoop for the Monaco frontman. The 28-year-old will command wages of around £280,000-a-week, and his scoring record coupled with Wayne Rooney’s appointment as captain suggested that Van Persie could struggle to find a place in the side.