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Friday, August 17, 2012
Van Persie: Man Utd are 'perfect match'

ESPN staff

Robin van Persie says he listened to "the little boy inside him" when making his decision to leave Arsenal for Manchester United.

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Van Persie, 29, completed his move to Manchester United on Friday after a drawn-out transfer negotiation, signing a four-year deal with the Old Trafford side.

Having made clear his intention to leave Arsenal, the Dutch striker was a summer target for both Manchester City and Juventus, but it was the Red Devils who eventually won the battle to secure his signature.

Explaining his decision, Van Persie said: "In these situations, when you have to make a hard decision in your life, I always listen to that little boy inside me. What does he want? That boy was screaming for Manchester United.

"Everyone knows me by now. I love football. I am quite principled in that perspective. It is always difficult to find the perfect match but I do feel this is the perfect match for me. Manchester United breathes football. If you look at all the players from Manchester United, the stadium and manager, my choice was made very soon.''

A jubilant Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that he hadn't expected to sign Van Persie this summer, given the club's long-standing rivalry with Arsenal. However, a personal chat with Wenger, described as "amicable" swung the deal in United's favour.

"We never thought we could get Van Persie,'' said the Red Devils chief. "If you go back six months ago, I couldn't see us getting him. I thought Arsenal are not going to let him go. When I read he had refused a new contract, that is when we acted. It has been a long haul.

"I can't elaborate but it was amicable. Arsene knew the boy wanted to leave. He knew he wanted to join us. That made it a bit easier but not in terms of trying to reduce the fee. He (Wenger) could run a poker school in Govan. He got a great price but we are also happy the matter is concluded. From the starting position when we first started negotiating, Arsene has done well."

Van Persie will take the No. 20 shirt at Old Trafford for the coming season, with the number having been vacated by Fabio's loan move to QPR.

Ferguson finished the press conference by adding that he believed his summer transfer activity to be complete, however, it was suggested that there is one more player the club would like to sign should they become available.




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