Former Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp has suggested that if Manchester United lose Robin Van Persie at the end of the season, it could be down to Wayne Rooney’s new contract.
Rooney recently signed a deal which will keep him at the club into his 30s worth around £300,000 per week which makes him one of the best paid players in England and all of the European leagues.
There have been consistent reports over Van Persie’s unhappiness in the recent past and it could all be down to the idea that Moyes sees Rooney as his key player whereas Van Persie was a favourite of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Last season, it was all about Van Persie. He was Fergie’s golden boy but under Moyes it’s been a different story. United have been in poor form and so has the Dutchman. Wayne Rooney’s new contract shows how much the club value him and, little by little, you can see the confidence seeping away from Van Persie,” writes Redknapp for the Daily Mail.
The danger is that there have been some very good sides linked with making moves for Van Persie when he remains a top quality, top flight striker.
Italian side Juventus reportedly have an interest in the Dutchman, linked with moves for him as far back as when United signed him and a potential return to Arsenal has also been raised in the written and online press.
Redknapp’s comments suggest that if Moyes and United want to keep Van Persie they will have to do two things.
Firstly, they’ll have to base the side more around the Dutch striker if reports that he’s discontented with Moyes’ tactics are true. Secondly, United will have to consider improving Van Persie’s deal as a show that he’s still deeply valued by this current United side.
That doesn’t mean United have to put him on £300,000 per week too, but an upgrade in his personal terms could go a long way to making him a happier figure around Old Trafford.
“I am not suggesting he is a bad player. He is a sensational footballer and he was No 7 in my list of the top foreigners to grace the Premier League. But, at 30, Van Persie is not getting any younger and, if he is still not happy by the summer, I wouldn’t be surprised if United decide he is surplus to requirements,” adds Redknapp.
Over to you Mr Moyes and Mr Woodward.
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