Van Persie opens up on sudden exit from Man Utd
Manchester United’s Dutch striker Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his team’s first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013.
Robin van Persie has finally spoken about his Manchester United departure five years after.
The striker, who is now a football pundit, admits he planned to see out the final year of his contract at Old Trafford.
However, a chat with his compatriot Louis van Gaal, who was Man United’s Manager at the time, changed everything.
“I had this chat with Louis van Gaal and he told me: ‘OK Robin, our ways will part. I’m the coach, you’re the player – you have to go, your time is up’,” Van Persie told the High Performance Podcast
“I was like: ‘Yeah but I still have a contract?’ He said: ‘I don’t care’.
“Ruthless. Towards the end of it, I saw something coming but not this ruthless. And the way he said it as well. And then a lot of things go through your mind when you get a message like that.
Van Persie arrived at United from Arsenal for an initial £22.5 million fee in 2012, signing a four-year deal.
He netted 26 times in his first 36 Premier League appearances, to help the Red Devils secure the title.