Robin Van Persie will not renew deal with Arsenal

By Alex Veeneman on July 4, 2012

Robin Van Persie at the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal striker says he won’t renew his current deal with the English Premier League club.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr user wonker)

The striker for the Arsenal English Premier League soccer club Robin van Persie has said he will not extend his current deal with the club after it expires next year. van Persie had been with the club since 2004.

Writing on his personal web site, according to a report from the BBC, van Persie said the club had disagreed with him on how to move forward. “I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract,” van Persie wrote.

In a statement issued after the decision had been made, Arsenal said they were confident van Persie would fulfill his commitments to the club. “We have to respect Robin’s decision not to renew his contract. Robin has one year to run on his current contract and we are confident that he will fulfil his commitments to the Club,” the club said. “We are planning with ambition and confidence for next season with Arsenal’s best interests in mind.”

van Persie added according to the BBC that he would meet with the chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger further once Gazidis returns from a vacation in the US, saying further updates would be provided if they were warranted. He met with Gazidis and Wenger on May 16 previously. “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 said. “I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days.” However, van Persie said, during that meeting there had been disagreements between them and the club.

Wenger has insisted however he wants van Persie to stay. “We want to keep Robin van Persie at all costs, because we depend on him offensively,” Wenger wrote in a Eurosport column obtained by the BBC. “I have always supported him, even in the hardest times, and I hope he will end his career at Arsenal.”

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