Van Persie: ‘This is what you dream of’

Robin van Persie had been on the pitch for just a minute on Thursday before scoring to make it 3-0 against FC Groningen. It was the 34-year-old striker’s first goal since returning to the club. ‘It was a really great moment.’

'You dream of things like that’, said a beaming Van Persie after yesterday’s match. ‘Me too. I played myself free with my big toe, because I still needed a little bit more of space. It’s great that the ball flies in.’

The goal was a record-breaker for Van Persie. It was 13 years and 358 days since he last scored in the Eredivisie, the longest gap between two successive goals in the top Dutch league.

‘I’m enjoying every day’, said Van Persie. ‘I like the training sessions, the atmosphere is good and I’ve missed the Dutch sense of humour. The fans were fantastic. I heard them chanting my name. Brilliant. I’m happy and when you are the rest happens automatically.’

This time Van Persie played for just under a quarter of an hour, replacing Jens Toornstra, who scored the opening goal. ‘I’m now been working for just over a couple of weeks and I feel stronger and better. I’m still building. As a team we’re trying to make progress and I hope I can add something.’

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