Robin van Persie: Arsenal asked me to ignore the media

Robin van Persie has revealed that he was asked by Arsenal to ignore the media during Euro 2012 ahead of his Emirates exit

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Robin van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals last season Photo: Back Page Images

Robin van Persie has revealed that he was asked by Arsenal to ignore the media during Euro 2012 before his transfer to Manchester United.

Speculation over the 29-year-old’s future had been rife before he eventually secured a £24m move to Old Trafford late in August last year.

And the striker, who won the Premier League golden boot last season as his 26 goals helped United seal their 20th top-flight title, says that he was asked to snub journalists by his former club.

“That was a wish of my club Arsenal and that had everything to do with the sensitivity of my proposed transfer to Manchester United,” Van Persie told Sky Sports.

“I didn’t estimate the outcome really at the time. Maybe I was too naive. To be the only one to not talk, I became a mythical figure and the outside world thought I was placing myself out of the group.”

He added: “If I had to do it all over again, I don’t know if I would do it the same way. I don’t think so to be honest.”

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