Manchester United star won’t accept bit-part role

Manchester United star Robin van Persie has insisted that he will fight for a place in the first-team next season, but will not accept being a bit-part player, according to reports from the Mirror.

Van Persie struggled for form and fitness for much of the previous campaign, and has been heavily linked with an exit in recent weeks.

And with only one year remaining on his current contract, United are willing to listen to offers for the former Arsenal striker.

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But, the 31-year-old is hoping to stay with the club, and is trying to convince manager Louis van Gaal that he is still capable of playing at the highest level.

“Am I worried?” said van Persie. “No, I’m totally relaxed. I have a contract with this club until 2016.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Van Persie was signed by United back in the summer of 2012 after the Netherlands international won the Premier League golden boot with the Gunners, and one year later achieved the same feat for the Red Devils along with a league title.

But during the past campaign, Van Persie only managed 10 league goals in 31 games for United.