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Robin van Persie Planning New Manchester United Contract, Reveals Father Bob

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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2014

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is planning on staying with Manchester United until the end of his playing career before moving into coaching, according to his father.

ESPN.co.uk report that Bob van Persie has spoken about his son's football commitments and ambitions in the game and that the player wishes to stay at his Old Trafford "home" beyond the expiration of his current contract, which ends in 2016.

Bob van Persie told The Blizzard:

When his contract ends in Manchester, he'll be 33. As long as he is fit enough—and I am sure he will be—he'll stay in Manchester. Then he'll go back to [his first club] Excelsior. Money will never be an issue. 

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I think Robin will finish his career in Excelsior and then go back to London or Manchester as a coach. That will be next goal in life: to be the best coach in the world. I hope we have to wait years for that moment. Let's enjoy watching him play at little more.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 10:  Jordy Clasie, Robin van Persie (kicking the ball) and Daley Blind in action during the Netherlands training session at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Estadio Jose Bastos Padilha Gavea on June 10, 2014 in Rio
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The news is sure to please United supporters who witnessed a dejected Van Persie appear under David Moyes last season.

However, the action of the Manchester United board and the installation of Louis van Gaal appears to have rejuvenated the player's commitment to the club. 

Despite being hit by injury during Moyes' tenure, Van Persie's contribution was still as solid as ever.

His statistics show he produced 16 goals in the 28 Premier League and Champions League games in which he featured, proving how valuable he is to the north-west giants when on the football pitch.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on May 6, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo b
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With Van Gaal's arrival as manager, Van Persie will thrive once again as he did for his solitary season under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The retirement of Fergie appeared to hit Van Persie hardest who had left Arsenal specifically to work with him.

Former coach of Van Persie, Raymond Verheijen, had previously spoken about this, per Richard Edwards of FourFourTwo.

He said:

Ferguson retires. How do you think he felt? If he had known that was going to happen he still would have left Arsenal, because staying there would mean zero trophies. He would definitely have moved but would have more than likely gone to Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

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Ferguson made Van Persie his go-to striker, and it is likely that the new coach will as well. This may cause issues with Wayne Rooney and his desire to be the leading character in the Red Devils' script, but only time will tell this. 

Van Persie is a world-class footballer and is still young enough to lead United out of its current dark period. It is more than likely that he will be made captain for the coming season, succeeding Nemanja Vidic, and he will be given the added responsibility that he appears to enjoy with the Netherlands and previously with Arsenal.

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