Man United are forcing Van Persie out of the club, claims former teammate

first_img1 Manchester United striker Robin van Persie Manchester United are trying to force Robin van Persie out of the club, according to former Feyenoord teammate Pierre van Hooijdonk.The Red Devils striker has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, following a below par season with Louis van Gaal’s side.And ex-Holland forward Van Hooijdonk claims the former Arsenal striker has been offered to clubs in Turkey.“As early as January of this year, I received information from Turkey about Robin and Fenerbahce,” he told Voetbal International. “The minute this information came, you knew that United had sent people to test the water for a move.“Agents and others were searching for big clubs who are prepared to pay the high fee involved for Van Persie. Robin’s contract expires next year, so this is the moment when United can still get money for him.“Van Persie is in a difficult situation. To the outside world he says he is happy to stay and I can understand this. But Robin has the feeling that United want to get rid of him,” Van Hooijdonk added.“A big club in England, Spain or Germany is a more attractive option. Until the player realises that behind his back the two clubs have done a big deal.“That is the moment the pressure is put on. You are almost forced to go to the club where your employer has struck a deal. This is what I mean with games being played right now.”Van Hooijdonk knows that one of his old clubs, Fenerbahce, are keen to land van Persie.“Of course the money is good, life is good in Istanbul, but it is not a big football league in Europe we are talking about,” said Van Hooijdonk.“There is a lot at stake right now for Robin. He could be heading for his last Euro tournament in France next summer. So he needs to play a lot in the 10 months before the Euros.”“I have a feeling that his relationship with Louis van Gaal is not as good as it was when they were both having cosy chats looking at players in the stands in Holland,” he continued.“I would advise Robin to leave United this summer. All the signals are there that the club wants to sell him. So he has to get out on time.”last_img read more