By Maureen Nakigozi
Robin Van Persie has confirmed that he will not extent his contract in Arsenal. He announced on Wednesday night that he will not renew his contract which expires next summer.
Van Persie says he has personally great time with Arsenal but his goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days.
He says that he is really disappointed in the Management of the team in that it has failed to find out why the team has been performing poorly in the last seasons.
“As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the Boss and Mr. Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all,” Van Persie wrote on his website.
“I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.
I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC. Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last 8 years, ” Van Persie added.
The club management says they respect Robin Van Persie’s decision not to renew his contract and they are planning with ambition and confidence for next season with Arsenal’s best interests in mind.
The desire of Manchester City and Juventus to sign Van Persie is no secret but, according to sources, Manchester United are also now interested. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea will also consider their position.
The 28 year old striker, joined Arsenal in 2004 and has since scored 132 goals for the team in various leagues. Van Persie was signed to Arsenal on May 17, 2004 from Feyenoord for £2.75m.