Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has once again suggested that he may be open to a return to the Premier League.
The Fenerbahce forward was linked with a move to England over the summer – most notably to West Ham and Stoke – and while a move to either did not materialise, van Persie’s latest comments suggest that a transfer could still happen in the future.
Van Persie spent eleven years in England – eight at Highbury/the Emirates and three at Old Trafford – so it stands to reason that the Premier League would feel like a natural home for him at this point.
Speaking to Feyenoord TV ahead of his Europa League reunion with his former club on Thursday, Van Persie has said that his children will play a big role in where he ends up next – suggesting that the fact that they feel more English than Dutch, having grown up in London and Manchester, will have a massive bearing in where he ends up.
The 33-year-old said:
“We’ve moved around in recent years and that suits me very well,
“I’ve been away from the Netherlands for 13 years and that suits me fine. Whether it’s in England, Turkey or wherever.
“The kids are involved. They are even more English than Dutch because they grew up there. There comes a time when they also get a bigger say in where they’d like to live and be.”
Van Persie has endured a frustrating start to the season with Fenerbahce, failing to find the net in any of his first six games. Rumours of his unhappiness in Istanbul have been rife almost since the day he arrived, and the reports over the summer strongly suggested that he would be quite happy to move on if the right offer was on the table.
With a Europa League tie coming up against another old side in Man United coming up in the next few weeks, the Dutch international knows he has to up his game considerably, and quickly.