Robin van Persie wants to stay at Manchester United to warm the bench.
Well, that’s the claim from the Daily Mail, who insist that despite a possible lack of playing time next season the 31-year-old is eager to see out the last year of his contract and help the Red Devils with their, likely, return to the Champions League and title ambitions.
Although a great forward just a few years ago and still useful on his day, it would be shame to see Van Persie reduced to this, with a move away from Old Trafford potentially what he should be looking at.
Here are FIVE reasons why…
The big question RVP must ask himself.
As it stands, it looks unlikely that the Dutchman will be anything more than a back-up man, with, despite his close relationship with Louis van Gaal, his role having come into question.
Van Persie looks unable to contribute to LVG’s desired attacking set-up, with his fading pace becoming more of an issue.
Erm… it doesn’t look good.
Anyone who’s watched Van Persie this season cannot deny that he’s missing that yard of pace and explosiveness he once had, which is vital in getting into the right position and putting away chances in the Premier League.
It’s a shame, given that RVP was one of the finest forwards around a few years ago, but mother time waits for no man.
Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Bacca… it’ clear that an attacking talent is on Van Gaal’s radar. Should one, or potentially more, arrive, then Van Persie will sure be shifted down the pecking order.
At which point staying would look a foolish move, given that, at 31, the former Arsenal skipper needs to be playing to keep in the groove.
Turkey, America, Italy… all are potential destinations for Van Persie, who could travel off in search of one last hurrah.
He still has miles left on the clock, but in the English game his lack of physical ability is becoming an issue, and although a little stereotypical, other divisions across the planet rely less on running and more on technical prowess… which he still has!
Van Persie operates more effectively when he’s the focal point of the team.
At Arsenal Arsene Wenger built his tactics to get the best from him, which garnered a shed load of goals, and in his debut Old Trafford campaign Sir Alex Ferguson did the same, which brought the title.
Van Gaal looks unlikely to do that now for the striker, but elsewhere a big side may be more willing to alter their style to get the best from RVP, who, lest we forget, is still a great footballer.