Istanbul: Dutch international striker Robin van Persie yesterday said he had no hard feelings about leaving Manchester United to join Istanbul giants Fenerbahce after three years at the Premier League club. After a blazing start for the Red Devils in 2012 under Alex Ferguson following his transfer from Arsenal, van Persie faltered and his 2014-2015 season was marred by an ankle ligament injury.

Former Man Utd striker Robin Van Persie juggles with the ball after signing a contract with the Turkey’s Fenerbahce in Istanbul yesterday 

"It was a situation where I could see it coming and I could get used to the idea (of leaving United) for quite a bit," van Persie told reporters after signing for Fenerbahce.

"That’s football. You sign for new clubs, there are good, bad moments. There are no hard feelings. This is part of football, part of life. I accept that." He said he had enjoyed a "good moment" with the Manchester United players to say goodbye before leaving for Turkey. Van Persie also hailed the role of United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, who dealt with his transfer to Fenerbahce in a "very classy way."