Star striker Robin van Persie has admitted that he will not be a part of a puppet show and his future at Old Trafford will be decided by Manchester United.
The Dutch international joined from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 and won the league in his debut season. He failed to replicate his first season form in the last two years and his performance has dipped especially in the 2014-15 season, with injuries also hindering his progress.
Van Persie will turn 32 in August and has one year left on his contract. There has been no talks from United of handing the former Gunners’ captain a new deal.
“Am I worried? No, I’m totally relaxed, I have a contract with this club until 2016,” Van Persie told the reporters.
“Things could change now, but that all depends on Manchester United not me. Believe me, I’m relaxed — I’m not going to be part of a puppet show.”
The frontman says he is relaxed about his future and has expressed his desire to play for another eight years. The Dutchman hinted that he will accept for a limited role when he is 36 or 37.
“In August I’m 32. But I still have the ambition to play for another eight years. In a few years’ time I may have to accept that I will no longer play at the very highest level. I don’t think that moment is coming now. I still feel very, very fit,” the Dutch striker said.
“Playing in the first-team is very important for me. This is why I will probably step down one level when I am 36 or 37. But not now.”
“Whenever I have been fit at United I was playing in the first team all the time. People talk about my injuries, but I’ve only had one this season.
“I’ve seen too many players quit early. Most of them regret this soon after. I’ve seen those players in the national team and at my own clubs. Even big legends have regretted their retirement. Look at Paul Scholes.
“He did quit the game but he kept training and was missing football so much, because he knew he was still capable of playing at that level,” Van Persie added.
Louis van Gaal allowed Radamel Falcao return to AS Monaco after the Colombian international ended his season-long loan deal at Old Trafford. Van Persie’s future with his current employers is also uncertain.
He is attracting interest from Italy as Juventus and Lazio are keen on landing him in the summer transfer window.