Man United transfers: Robin van Persie hails ‘classy’ Ed Woodward

Robin van Persie pays tribute to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward after his move to Fenerbahce

Robin van Persie has hailed the “classy” way in which his transfer away from Manchester United to Fenerbahce was handled by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The Dutch forward completed his move to the Turkish outfit on Tuesday after being deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford ahead of Louis van Gaal’s second season in charge at the club.

However, Van Persie was impressed by the way the transfer was handled by Woodward after he was officially unveiled as a Fenerbahce this week.

Speaking at his first Fenerbahce news conference, Van Persie said: “From my side, there are no hard feelings with how it went. It’s part of football, it’s part of life.

“I had a good moment with the players the day before I came to Istanbul so that was special.

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“Then you see that everyone really appreciated my time there, that was important for me. I highly appreciate the work of 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!”

Van Persie won the Premier League title in his first season at Manchester United following his controversial move to Old Trafford from Arsenal but endured a largely disappointing season during Louis van Gaal’s first campaign in charge at the club.

The 31-year-old scored 10 Premier League goals for the Red Devils last season as United finished fourth in the top-flight table.

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