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Robin Van Persie Says Manchester United Will Be His Last Club

27/03/2013 14:35 GMT

Robin van Persie has said he will end his career with Manchester United.

Despite a recent dip, the 29-year-old Dutchman has had a superb debut season with the Premier League champions elect, scoring 23 goals in 38 games.

Instantly popular with Reds, Van Persie has had a tendency to strike a chord with the club's followers since his £24m transfer from Arsenal, with his latest soundbite likely to intensify the adoration.

"The coming years it's Manchester United. And maybe longer. United would be my last club," Van Persie told Voetbal.

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Van Persie has been an instant hit with United fans

"You have a number of clubs in Europe where older players can find it good, where they are valued. You used to have that at Juventus and AC Milan, Manchester United today is a good example. So who knows how long I stay at the club.

"I have every day at United a new challenge. My development is an ongoing process. That gets an extra boost when you are surrounded by new coaches and teammates, all with their own ideas, in a totally new environment."

The former Arsenal striker won just one trophy with the Gunners eight years ago but is set to end his personal domestic drought with a Premier League winner's medal.

Van Persie struck three times in Holland's 3-0 and 4-0 victories against Estonia in Romania over the last week, taking over Oranje legend Johan Cruyff in the process.

He may be rested for United's trip to Sunderland on Saturday, with the Easter Monday FA Cup quarter-final replay with Chelsea taking precedence.