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Van Persie eyes new United deal and coaching role

ESPN staff
June 12, 2014
Robin van Persie joined Manchester United in 2012 © Getty Images

Robin van Persie wants to finish his career at the top level with Manchester United before going into coaching and emulating manager Louis van Gaal, according to his father.

Bob van Persie expects his son to sign a new deal at Old Trafford to extend the contract he has with the club that he feels is his "home" beyond it's 2016 expiry.

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"When his contract ends in Manchester, he'll be 33. As long as he is fit enough - and I am sure he will be - he'll stay in Manchester. Then he'll go back to [his first club] Excelsior. Money will never be an issue," Bob van Persie told The Blizzard.

"Robin is hyperactive. He was like that as a kid and will always be like that. He needs football to burn his energy and he will be like that for the rest of his life. So he's got to look forwards.

"He'll probably always be loyal to Excelsior, Arsenal and Manchester United. Those clubs are like home."

Van Persie denied he wanted to leave Old Trafford in March and claimed he wanted to extend his contract despite a season in which he appeared to be at odds with manager David Moyes.

A new deal could be an even more realistic prospect after the appointment of Van Gaal, Van Persie's manager with the Netherlands, in place of the Scot. He has praised the methods of his fellow Dutchman, who made him his country's captain, and may have picked up tips for a future career.

"I think Robin will finish his career in Excelsior and then go back to London or Manchester as a coach," Van Persie's father said.

"That will be next goal in life: to be the best coach in the world. I hope we have to wait years for that moment. Let's enjoy watching him play at little more."

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