Robin van Persie has completed his Manchester United exit by firing a parting shot at former boss Louis van Gaal.
It has been reported that the relationship between Van Persie and Van Gaal had completely broken down, and the 31-year-old striker took the time to thank Red Devils fans and teammates following the completion of his £4.7m move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
Just when it seemed the former Arsenal man would leave his thanks to Van Gaal during the final part of his speech, he instead devoted it to United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
“Let me please add one more person to thank: I highly appreciate the work of Ed Woodward in this transfer,” Van Persie is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“He was the man who was very classy in all this. A true gentleman. If you are listening or watching, thank you!”
Van Persie said he had become “used” to being overlooked at United, but said he left the club with no harsh feelings.
I” had to leave the club, and that was not a big surprise to me. I saw the situation coming,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“I was getting used to the situation (of being overlooked). I don’t make a big deal of it. It is football for you.
“Honestly, I have no hard feelings how it has all gone. I accept it. I had a good time with the players and that is important.”
Van Persie fired 26 goals to help United to its 20th league title in his first season with the club but had a reduced impact in his final two seasons at Old Trafford due to injury problems.
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