Robin van Persie has vowed to stay at Old Trafford and fight for a spot in Louis van Gaal’s starting XI despite reports linking the Dutchman with a move to the Serie A.
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The former Arsenal striker has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus, but it seems his latest comments suggest he is happy to remain in the Premier League with United.
Van Persie struggled with poor form last season and with van Gaal looking to bolster his attacking third this summer, the 31-year-old may struggle for regular playing time at Old Trafford.
“Am I worried?” van Persie is quoted as saying the The Mirror.
“No, I’m totally relaxed. I have a contract with this club until 2016.
“Things could change now, but that all depends on Manchester United not me. Believe me, I’m relaxed – I’m not going to be part of a puppet show.
“In August I’m 32. But I still have the ambition to play for another eight years.
“In a few years’ time I may have to accept that I will no longer play at the very highest level. I don’t think that moment is coming now. I still feel very, very fit.
“Playing in the first-team is very important for me. This is why I will probably step down one level when I am 36 or 37. But not now.”
Van Persie failed to replicate his superb 30-goal debut season at United, only managing to hit the back of the net on 10 occasions in all competitions last term.