Despite being the Premier League’s top scorer last season, and firing Manchester United to the Premier League title in the process, Robin van Persie has told the Sunday People that he spent much of the summer wishing he had done more.
“I kept on hearing a little voice in the back of my head throughout the summer,” the striker said. “It told me that I should have put in even more effort. It was a good season, both for Manchester United and myself, but we could have gone further in the Champions League.”
That is certainly true, and United’s elimination from that competition came during a rare barren spell for the Dutchman. But his third goal of the season opened the scoring against Crystal Palace yesterday and he will be hoping for many more to come.
In transfer news, the Express reports that United and Chelsea are rivals for the possible signing of Everton’s Ross Barkley. The 19-year-old has had a blistering start to the new season and is prodigiously-gifted. And while bids in excess of £20million are being reported, it is unlikely Roberto Martinez will do business unless an offer is received that is too good to be true. And that is if the starlet would even wish to go.
Barkley has been hailed by many as the most talented player to come out of Goodison Park since Wayne Rooney.
And finally, the Mail on Sunday is reporting that Real Madrid will offer Cristiano Ronaldo a new five-year £76million deal to keep him from returning to his former club.
The forward’s future has been in some doubt following the long and ultimately successful pursuit of Gareth Bale. And up to now Ronaldo is yet to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu, meaning he could leave for free in less than two years.
Should a new contract be signed, United fans may finally have to give up on the hope of welcoming their former hero back to Old Trafford.
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