The Dutchman has endured a difficult season at Man United which has raised questions over his long-term future at the club.
However, Van Persie is reluctant to walk away from his £240,000-a-week contract at United as his children are settled in Cheshire.
In his debut season in Manchester van Persie almost single-handedly won United the Premier League title.
Unfortunately, his powers have waned in recent years and he has looked a shadow of his former self this term.
As for player power, Van Persie may well not want to uproot his kids from their school but while he may be certain that he does not want to leave, it won’t stop Van Gaal getting rid of him if that’s the decision he wants to take.
There can be no room for sentiment as the club prepares for Champions League football next season which means Van Persie, just like so many others in the squad, face uncertain futures even if they want to stay.