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Robin Van Persie Announces That He Will Retire At End Of Season

Ex-Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has said that he will “probably” retire at the end of the current season.

The 35-year-old – who returned to Feyenoord, where he made his debut aged 17, in January – has scored 50 goals in 102 appearances for his country.

“When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season,” he said.

“I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football.”

Van Persie told Dutch publication AD he had “lost the fun” before returning to his homeland.

“I also do not believe that my return to Feyenoord has only been successful if we win the title,” he added.

“How is it successful? This is actually it, if you look at the whole picture. I had lost the fun. That’s not how I wanted to end, without pleasure. The fun has returned at Feyenoord.

“I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether it is successful or not.

“I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players.

“I see it as broader than just winning a title or not. That is the goal, that is what the club also say, but whether or not we win a title is not decisive for me on whether my return is successful or not.”

During his time in England, Van Persie won an FA Cup title with Arsenal before joining Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2011.

At Old Trafford, he led the Red Devils to the title in the 2012 season. In 86 appearances for the club, he scored 48 goals.

After leaving Old Trafford, the striker had a spell in Turkey with Fenerbahce before rejoining Feyenoord.

He scored his fair share of great goals and won the PFA Premier League Players’ Player of the Year in 2011-12.

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