BBC pundit and former Liverpool stalwart Mark Lawrenson has made some rather startling comments over the future of Robin van Persie. There have been murmurings already over the happiness of the player under David Moyes but this is certainly the highest profile individual to essentially confirm the rumours.
"There's all sorts of rumours coming out of the training ground at the moment. One or two of the press boys that I know that cover Manchester United, they're even saying that the big whisper is Van Persie might have asked for a transfer on Tuesday. So if that happens, what a mess that's going to be for David Moyes."
Obviously this is still conjecture but RvP, who could once again be out injured for the game against Newcastle United this afternoon, has been reportedly peeved by Moyes’ previous decision to play him despite his personal fears over his injuries.
He was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Premier League rivals Arsenal last summer for the price of £22.5 million as The Gunners feared losing him for nothing when his contract expired in the summer of 2013.
It was obviously a deal he wanted, stating afterward:
"I always listen to the little boy inside of me in these situations – when you have to make the harder decisions in life. What does he want? That boy was screaming for Man United."
RvP then fired United to the title with 30 goals in 48 appearances - and he already has 10 in 14 for this campaign.
So the news that he wants to leave would come as quite a shock, especially considering the relatively short time he has been a Red Devil.
Plenty of teams would take an interest in a player of this calibre - however one place he is is unlikely to be welcome would be The Emirates.
Arsenal fans have not forgiven him for leaving to join their big rivals, and that intensified after his impassioned celebrations after scoring against them earlier this season.
And one fan who is clearly hoping the Gunners do not go there is Piers Morgan. The opinionated broadcaster teased the Dutchman when he caught wind of the rumour, and quickly let him know that he was not welcome back at The Emirates.
No, Van Pursestrings @Persie_Official - you can't come back.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 6, 2013
But at least he gave him some helpful advice of where to go …?
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