Van Persie to play another season at Feyenoord

Robin van Persie has agreed to add one more season to his playing career at De Kuip. The club recently made it known through technical director Martin van Geel, head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst and others that Feyenoord wanted to keep hold of the striker. The 34-year-old has now said that would like to play for one more season.

On 22 January 2018 Rotterdam-born Van Persie signed a contract that included a clause to assess the situation after one season. Van Persie, who has 102 Dutch caps, arrived back at his home town club on a free transfer from crack Turkish outfit Fenerbahçe after 14 years away. He originally came through the Feyenoord Academy and began his professional career at the club. 

Van Persie showed his class on several occasions in the months following his return. He backed up a goal in the 3-0 win against Willem II in semi-final of the TOTO KNVB Cup with another against AZ in the final. Victory there earned the striker another medal for what was already an impressive trophy cabinet. In the Eredivisie Van Persie claimed almost a goal a game, netting five times in 12 matches.

2018-2019 will be Van Persie’s 19th season as a professional footballer. He made his first-team debut as an 18-year-old on 3 February 2002 when still registered with Feyenoord Academy, where his son Shaqueel now plays in the Under 12s. Robin had by then already built up a reputation as a very promising youngster with a sweet left foot and a fantastic shot. Van Persie soon became a first-team regular. In his debut season, he helped Feyenoord win the UEFA Cup.

Van Persie had racked up 76 competitive appearance (Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and European competition) for Feyenoord by the time he left Rotterdam for London in the summer of 2004. At new club Arsenal Van Persie matured into one of the best players in the Premier League and indeed the world. After eight seasons under Arsene Wenger he moved to Manchester United. In 2015 he signed for Fenerbahçe. Van Persie is also the Dutch national team’s top scorer, with 50 goals in 102 appearances.

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