Arsenal striker Robin van Persie will not be joining Manchester City, Real Madrid or Barcelona, according to the players own father.
Van Persie has entered the final year of his Arsenal contract and has delayed making a decision on his future until after the European championships, despite holding talks with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis at the end of last season.
His future has filled the gossip pages in recent weeks with several clubs linked with a big-money move, but according to the players father, Bob, Van Persie wonâ€™t be making a move to La Liga or any other Premier League side this summer.
Bob Van Persie is quoted in Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo (Google English translated version here), and when asked about a potential move to Barcelona or Real Madrid, he said:
â€śWhat the hell would Robin do at the club? They already have Messi and it does not make sense to go.â€ť
â€śI like Real Madrid, but that would not fit. Not team players, but a group of stars.â€ť
Van Persie senior was then quizzed about a move within the Premier League:
â€śIt is impossible to go to another English team.â€ť
Perhaps the best indication that Van Persie could stay at Arsenal is given in his fathers final comments, when he stressed that although his son does everything to win, victory is not his only goal.
â€śRobin does everything necessary to win, but victory is not his only goal. Play to win, but not at any cost.â€ť
Is this a subtle hint that his son would rather remain at Arsenal and not win trophies, as long as his family are happy?
The happiness of his family has been one of the main reasons iâ€™ve been confident RVP would still be with us next season. He has always maintained his wife and children are happy in London and he loves how his kids are growing up here, so it would have to take something special to make him leave in my eyes.
If his own dad is ruling out Madrid, Barca and City, where does that leave us? Juventus are still being linked but would RVP want to go to Serie A, which is nowhere near the level of the Premier League, and move his family to Italy?
I suppose only time will tell. But if these quotes attributed to Van Persie senior are accurate, it looks far more likely weâ€™ll see Robin in the Red & White again next season. Or maybe iâ€™m just being naive/optimistic!!
Let's hope ol' Bob knows the details. I can't see Robin wanting to play in such an openly corrupt league as Serie A myself.