Robin van Persie insists he bears no ill-feeling towards Manchester United for selling him to Fenerbahce.
Van Persie was unveiled as a Fenerbahce player on Tuesday at a press conference at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul. The 31-year-old Dutchman has been handed a three-year contract with the Turkish giants.
Twelve months ago, Van Persie was tipped to take over the captaincy at United, but manager Louis van Gaal has once again demonstrated his ruthless streak by disposing of a man who scored just ten goals last season.
Van Persie rejected the opportunity to fire a parting shot at Van Gaal at his unveiling. Indeed, the former Arsenal striker was at pains to thank the club for allowing him to move to Turkey.
”From my side, there are no hard feelings with how it went. It’s part of football, it’s part of life,” Van Persie said. “I had a good moment with the players the day before I came to Istanbul so that was special.
“Then you see that everyone really appreciated my time there, that was important for me. I highly appreciate the work of (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward.
“The way he dealt with this transfer is from a high level, it’s very classy, he proved he’s a true gentlemen in the way he dealt with the whole situation. Ed, if you’re listening, thank you!”