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Manchester United striker says he will fight for his place in the team

vanpersie.jpgManchester United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are unsure on what the future holds for their ageing striker after the Daily Mirror revealed that Robin van Persie will fight for his place in the first team.

The 31-year-old has been linked with moves away from Old Trafford having a disappointing campaign last season.

Punters get the impression that Louis van Gaal could sell his fellow countryman this summer as he keen to freshen up his attacking options.

He lit up the stage initially during his 30-goal debut season under Sir Alex Ferguson, but since then he has struggled to rediscover this form and people are beginning to question whether or not he is good enough to play at this level.

He has one year left on his current deal and insists he is capable of competing at the highest level, but he has previously said he will not settle for being a bit part player.

“Am I worried?” said van Persie. “No, I’m totally relaxed. I have a contract with this club until 2016.

“Things could change now, but that all depends on Manchester United not me. Believe me, I’m relaxed – I’m not going to be part of a puppet show.

“In August I’m 32. But I still have the ambition to play for another eight years.

“In a few years’ time I may have to accept that I will no longer play at the very highest level. I don’t think that moment is coming now. I still feel very, very fit.

“Playing in the first-team is very important for me. This is why I will probably step down one level when I am 36 or 37. But not now.

“Whenever I have been fit at United I was playing in the first team all the time. People talk about my injuries, but I’ve only had one this season.

“I’ve seen too many players quit early. Most of them regret this soon after. I’ve seen those players in the national team and at my own clubs. Even big legends have regretted their retirement. Look at Paul Scholes.

“He did quit the game but he kept training and was missing football so much, because he knew he was still capable of playing at that level.”

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