After being ravaged by injuries in the 2014-15 season, Man United’s star striker feels he needs time to consider his football future.
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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie remains uncertain as to whether he wants to continue playing with the Red Devils in 2015-16 and beyond.
According to Sky Sports, Persie has openly stated that he must “evaluate the situation” with the club before Louis van Gaal is forced to decide whether to designate Persie as a backup. With just one year left on his contract and having played fewer than 30 matches in each of the last two seasons, van Persie might be just as likely to walk away from professional football altogether as ask to be transferred.
“I must evaluate the situation. The club is doing that as well. I must consider what I really want,” van Persie told Sky Sports. “If worse comes to the worst and I won’t be playing much next season, I wouldn’t be in an ideal situation (as part of the the Netherlands national team) with Euro 2016 coming up.
“It’s a strange, difficult situation. 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.”
Van Persie added that he intends to consult with his family and make the decision that would be best for them.
“I’m thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take. These are very important for me,” said van Persie, who has a wife and two children.
“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.”
Van Persie recorded 10 goals in the 2014-15 season, his fewest in three seasons with Man United and his lowest total for a season with at least 25 games since his first year with Arsenal back in 2004-05.