Giggs inspires United striker van Persie: I want to play 10 more years

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Former Arsenal hitman cites lack of major injuries as cause for optimism in pursuit of career longevity.

Robin van Persie may have turned 30 last month but he refuses to contemplate retirement in the next five years and envisages a further decade of elite-level football after becoming inspired by the extended playing days of Manchester United team-mate and coach; Ryan Giggs, 40 in November.

Currently on international duty with Netherlands, van Persie continues the national cause of World Cup qualification ahead of the tournament finals in Brazil, next summer. It is a competition the player longs to do well in, particularly after the disappointment of not only failing to progress past the group stage in Euro 2012, but losing all of their games.

'We want to do better over there [in Brazil] then at the European [Championships, in Ukraine],' the Dutchman explained to NUSport.

'The World Cup won't be my last big tournament,' he vowed. 'I've never had a major injury, hardly any muscle problems. I will play for another 10 years. Serious… that's my goal when I feel myself like I do now. It's a drive for me when I see Ryan Giggs train every day fantastic and play fantastic.'

Giggs, meanwhile, credits yoga as his secret: 'Yoga has definitely helped me,' he was quoted by The Guardian to have said two years ago. 'It helps me train every day because it gives me the flexibility and the strength not only to play the game but to train as well.'

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