Robin van Persie returns home to Feyenoord

Updated: Jan 20, 2018, 15:39 IST | IANS

Dutch football star Robin van Persie returned to his former club Feyenoord after almost 14 years abroad, the Rotterdam-based club has announced

Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie

Dutch football star Robin van Persie returned to his former club Feyenoord after almost 14 years abroad, the Rotterdam-based club has announced. The 34-year-old Van Persie reached an agreement with his current club Fenerbahce from Turkey to break his contract, which allowed him to move back to the Netherlands on a free transfer. He will sign a deal until mid-2019 on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency. In his first professional season with Feyenoord (2001/2002) Van Persie won the UEFA Cup and two years later he moved to English Premier League (EPL) giants Arsenal to learn from another Dutch master, Dennis Bergkamp.

At Arsenal Van Persie grew out to be an international star, but after having only won the Community Shield (2004) and the FA Cup (2005) with the Gunners his desire to capture trophies made the Dutchman move to Manchester United in 2012. He led United to the title the following season and became top scorer of the EPL for the second consecutive time. His spell at Fenerbahce since 2015 became a huge disappointment. Due to lack of form and fitness he failed to perform in Istanbul. Therefore Fenerbahce was willing to let the forward go.

Van Persie played his last competitive match on August 31 last year, for the Netherlands against France. The question is how fit the all-time top scorer of the Dutch national team (50 goals) really is, but the Feyenoord fans do not care that much about that. They are happy one of their club heroes returned home.

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