Wenger admits striker snubbed City to join rivals

Robin van Persie, Manchester United striker

Robin Van Persie rejected the chance to sign for Manchester City and signed for rivals Manchester United for £24 million in the summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the Dutchman turned down an offer believed to be in the region of £300,000 a week.

The striker has continued his fine form this Premier League season and has scored nine goals in his first 12 appearances as he gets ready to face his old employers this week for the first time.

The Independent understands that van Persie could have been banging in the goals in blue and not in red but turned down a deal for the chance to do so with the Champions. Wenger could not reveal the reasons why the striker snubbed City.

It’s unlikely to be down to financial reasons given the amount that Roberto Mancini’s side were prepared to pay for his services and van Persie is unlikely to be earning quite as much at Old Trafford.

“It is true Manchester City were interested in him and he has chosen to go to United,” Wenger told the Independent.

“He could come out more on the reasons but I didn’t want to know more about that.

“Does it hurt more than he left for another English club? That is not exactly what I wished!”

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