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Robin van Persie has hit out at the speculation that has surrounded him in recent weeks, stating that he wants to finish his career at Manchester United and has no problem with manager David Moyes.
Rumours have been rife about Van Persie's happiness levels and long-term future at Old Trafford ever since he seemed to express dissatisfaction with the club and his manager following the Champions League defeat to Olympiakos, but the Dutchman has denied he is unhappy.
In quotes run by The Times (subscription required):
“I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch,” Van Persie, 30, said. “They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care, and a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right.
“What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions or interpret things as if they are me. I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading.
“The truth is I’m very happy here at this club. I signed for four years [from Arsenal in 2012 [for £22.5 million] and I’d be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract.
“I’m very happy with my team-mates and I’m very happy with my manager and his staff. The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I’m learning a lot from them every day. There’s no doubt I’m learning new things and progressing with David Moyes.”