The Dutchman won the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford after joining Arsenal in the summer of 2012, but things started to go wrong for him after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and the appointment of David Moyes .
He played in just over half of Premier League games in the disastrous 2013/14 Moyes campaign, and suffered more injuries under the leadership of his replacement Van Gaal, who had coached him with the team. national team at the 2014 World Cup.
Van Persie had one year left on his contract before the 2015/16 season, but Van Gaal decided it was not part of his plans and he was eventually sold to Fenerbahce.
“I had this conversation with Louis van Gaal and he said to me:” Ok Robin, our paths are separating. I’m the coach, you’re the player – you have to go, your time is up, “said Van Persie. the high performance podcast.
“I was like,” Yeah, but I still have a contract? “He said,” I don’t care. “
“Merciless. Towards the end, I saw something coming but not so ruthless. And the way he said it too. And then, like many things cross your mind when you receive a message like that.
“I still had a contract, my family was happy, it was my 11th year in England. We love to live in England. And then?
“My children go to school, they have their friends and everything. So in a fraction of a second, all of these things come together [your mind]. How do you react to this?
“I said,” We will see what happens. This is your opinion. But I have a contract and I’m happy in England at Manchester United. Then we’ll see what’s going on. ” And I got up, shook his hand and left him. “
Van Persie added that his exclusion from the 22 players participating in a training match made him realize that his time was up.
“On the way home, I thought,” Okay, that’s difficult. How do you react to such a message? ” “, He added.
“It is unforgiving, so hard, so direct. And then a lot of things came to my mind and we started the preseason. I wasn’t allowed to play 11 against 11 and I was given a ball and told to play mine. Things.
“So you’re trying to stay calm, to stay cool, but there are a lot of things going on. You play the macho card. ‘It doesn’t touch me’ but it does. It touches me, my family and my career. Big time.
“But I tried to stay cool, but maybe at that point it was good for me to talk to someone outside of my entourage but I was too stubborn to do so. “
“Now, if I think about it, there have been a few points in my career where I should have done it. “