Robin van Persie: It was a big relief to finally complete Man United move

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie says it was a "big relief" to finally complete his Red Devils move after a long summer in 2012

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Robin van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals this season Photo: Robin van Persie/Twitter

Robin van Persie has admitted it was a “big relief” to finally complete his move to Manchester United last summer.

The 29-year-old’s future was in doubt for the majority of the transfer window amid interest from Juventus, Manchester City and the Red Devils.

However, Van Persie completed a switch to United days before their opening Premier League game at Everton, with the £24m signing making a cameo appearance.

And the Netherlands international revealed he found out a deal had been concluded between Arsenal and United while on international duty.

“I was in the coach and just about to play with Holland,” Van Persie told United’s website.

“There are no phones allowed in there but I just kept it on me just in case. When I heard a small buzz, I looked at it and saw a text from my agent that read: ‘The deal is done, enjoy the game’.

“It was a big relief. I wasn’t fined for using my phone either! It was weird because they announced it on TV during the game, which I didn’t know – I thought it was only me who knew. From that moment, everything went so quickly.

“The next day, I had to come for my medical. I went by train from Brussels to London to get my bits and pieces and then onto Manchester. The next one and a half days was very hectic, I had my first training session and then two days later we had to play Everton.

“When you go to high school and you are about twelve years old, you wake up early and are nervous about seeing your new class-mates. It was very similar to be fair, although I knew most of them. But it was like that. I came in, gave everyone a handshake and we had some jokes and some smiles, so it felt good from day one.”

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