Stories had been floating around all season suggesting that he wanted to leave but the Dutchman has felt the need to put an end to the rumours and reiterated what he said back in September that he wants to stay at United for as long as possible.
“I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch,” van Persie said.
“They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care… and a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right. So I don’t mind that.
“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, so I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading.
“The truth is I’m very happy here at this club. I signed for four years and I’d be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract. This is how I feel, although it’s not what has been suggested in the media.”
There are countless rumours started about United players every week but United and Van Persie clearly felt the need to put an end to these rumours before they continued to bubble on in the background.
From a fans’ perspective, it is good news that Van Persie is happy and hopefully it means that he will begin to put in some more wholehearted performances from now until the end of the season.
More to follow…