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Kompany would relish RVP link-up

August 14, 2012
By ESPN staff

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes that "any team" would be made stronger by the addition of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

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PA PhotosManchester City skipper Vincent Kompany battles for possession with Arsenal's Robin van Persie

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The future of Van Persie, 29, remains uncertain after the Dutchman confirmed this summer that he will not be signing a new contract with Arsenal.

City and Juventus have been strongly linked with a move for the forward, although Tuesday's media suggests Manchester United have upped the ante in their pursuit of his signature.

Asked about Van Persie ahead of Belgium's friendly meeting with Netherlands this week, Kompany told Sky Sports News: "It's very easy to say you want to play next to Robin van Persie.

"He's a great player. He's proved it so many times last season and any team he would play for he'd make it stronger."

Kompany will line up alongside Van Persie's Arsenal team-mate Thomas Vermaelen when Belgium take on the Dutch, and the Gunners defender is hopeful the in-demand attacker will remain at Emirates Stadium.

Vermaelen said: "To me he looks fit and sharp in training. He's working hard. He's working on his fitness. I don't see anything (different) and I hope he stays the next four years as well."

Asked if he thinks that will happen, he replied: "I've no idea. I hope so. I don't know what happens behind the scenes but at the moment I can only say he's a player for Arsenal.

"I feel really positive for the new season. If we all stay fit, the squad is strong enough to compete for the title."