Fenerbahce boss denies falling out with former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie

by Ben Topliss

Fenerbahce manager Vitor Pereira has denied claims that he has fallen out with Robin van Persie.

Van Persie joined Fenerbahce from Manchester United this summer but the Dutchman was said to be unhappy with being left on the substitute’s bench at the start of the campaign.

Pereira rubbished the rumours and insisted that he has “never had a problem” with van Persie.

“I have never had a problem with van Persie, the only reason he had not been starting is because he wasn’t match fit yet,” Pereira said.

The 47-year-old manager also dismissed reports linking van Persie with a move to Barcelona.

“I have heard nothing about that and neither has the board,” Pereira added.

Van Persie’s fall from grace is being played out very publicly and it is sad to see for all United supporters. After leading the club to the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge, van Persie now looks unmotivated in a team he seemingly doesn’t want to play for. To add insult to injury, Netherlands were recently knocked out of the European Championship at the qualifying stage. The hope is that he can get his career back on track soon.

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