The Daily Mail have revealed a ‘close Arsenal source’ has suggested the club is hopeful their star man Robin van Persie will perform a Rooney-like U-turn this summer and sign a new contract.
The Manchester United forward notoriously went public with his displeasure at his clubs direction and his unhappiness in 2010 resulting in a transfer request, but days later signed a new contract at Old Trafford with a much improved pay increase.
The report suggests Kees Vos, Van Persie’s tricky agent, may well have been behind the statement released on the Dutchman’s official website last week, that announced the striker would not be signing a new contract with the club next summer meaning he will become a free agent.
The statement cited disagreements with the clubs direction and ambition that made up his decision not to extend his contract, however it’s hard to agree with this as Wenger already has purchased two top class strikers in Giroud and Podolski this summer. But one question still remains, and that is whether he will be a Gunner this season or sold before his contract expires.
The 28-year-old is due to return to pre-season training next week, so contract talks are inevitable between the star striker and manager Arsene Wenger. And according to the report, Arsenal are still confident that RvP will have a change of mind.
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The current deal offered by Arsenal is reportedly a three year deal (that would take him into his 30’s) worth £130,000-per-week plus a £5million signing bonus.
Although I can see some sense in the report in terms of RvP’s agent Kees Vos being behind the statement released, it’s difficult to compare the situation with Rooney’s. The Englishman had just been exposed by the media for cheating on his wife, he was very unsettled, was young, and had won a lot of titles with United already. Van Persie is happily married with a family that are settled, however football comes first for the Dutchman and he hasn’t won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 and wants to win titles as he edges closer to his 30’s.
So will Van Persie perform a U-turn in a Rooney-esk fashion and sign a new contract that breaks an Arsenal record? No. But hopefully he will be a Gunner this season, that is all we can hope for now, and if all manages to go well and they win some silverware, maybe he will reconsider.
What are your thoughts on the report? Feel free to comment below or on Van Persie’s thread in the allArsenal forum.