‘I certainly plan to stay in Rotterdam’, Van Persie clarified to this website. ‘I still have a dream to realise and that is to play behind the main striker at Feyenoord for a whole year. Outside left is a nice position, certainly if you have the freedom like Zidane to switch, but I think I can decide more games in Feyenoord’s favour in the number 10 position. I am convinced that I’d knock in twenty goals.’
The cup final gives Robin a wonderful stage to show just what he can do. And the fact that FC Utrecht are the opponents adds to the occasion for the striker. It was only a few weeks ago that Van Persie was red-carded in a tussle with Stijn Vreven at Utrecht, something that needs to be put right. ‘I don’t blame him for anything, but I’ll be showing Stijn in a nice way how you should do things,’ the fledgling talent promised.
Sunday’s game is Robin’s second final in two seasons, after last year’s UEFA Cup triumph. ‘Some players take a little longer to do something like that. We will win that cup, no doubt about it! Utrecht are a decent side, but no more than that. And I am not scared of motivating them by saying that, because I know that we are better. If we play well no one can stop us, including Utrecht.’