Robin van Persie ‘very happy’ at Manchester United and looking to extend deal
The Dutchman quashes reports that he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer
March 14th, 2014
On Sunday, Manchester United take on Liverpool for what should be a keenly-contested affair, with the Red Devils hoping to keep alive their faint hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
It has been a tough season for David Moyes after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson and there have been rumours that Robin van Persie is seeking a move away from the club this summer, although the Dutchman claims he would be “delighted” to extend his deal at Old Trafford.
“The truth is I’m very happy at this club,” Van Persie told United Review, the club’s programme, in an interview for Sunday’s match against Liverpool. “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.”
Van Persie was critical of his team-mates following a recent Champions League defeat against Olympiakos, claiming that they were occupying the spaces that should have been reserved for him, while he hinted that United’s tactics had been wrong for the match.
However, RVP insists that he is learning all the time under Moyes and appears satisfied with the new coach, despite only having a season with predecessor Ferguson before the latter decided to retire.
“I’m very happy with my team-mates and I’m very happy with my manager and his staff. The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I’m learning a lot from them every day.
“I’ve been a professional footballer for 12 years now and there’s no doubt I’m learning new things and progressing with David Moyes.
“Over the last few years I’ve started to look more closely at the way coaches work to learn from them – not just here at the club but with the international team as well.
“I’ve worked with some brilliant coaches and I’ve taken a real interest in all the methods they use and the choices they make. And I can tell you that Moyes’s sessions and the things he says in his team meetings are spot on. I really enjoy working under him and I’m absolutely convinced things will pick up and we’ll turn it around.
“I don’t do a lot of interviews. I think you can count my interviews this season on one hand, so maybe it’s the case that when I do speak people want to turn it into something sensational. I don’t mind that – it’s part of the business we are in. I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch. 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. I know I probably only see about 10% of what’s written about me but the things I have read recently aren’t based on the truth.
“Like I said, talk about my performances or talk about a tackle that was too late, I don’t mind, but it goes too far when people start suggesting, amongst other things, that I have a bad understanding with the manager.
“That’s not true at all. There is mutual respect between us and the work environment is actually good. He really wants things to work here at Manchester United and I want the same, just like the other players. We’re all working hard to make this work.”