Manchester United star Robin van Persie happy for Netherlands teammate Ibrahim Afellay

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is full of praise for Netherlands teammate Ibrahim Afellay.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been speaking about the return of Ibrahim Afellay to the Netherlands national team.

Afellay was once rated as one of the most promising young Dutch footballers, and his performances for PSV earned him a big move to Barcelona in January 2011.

However, the attacking midfielder has failed to make a huge impact at Camp Nou and is not part of their first-team anymore.

The 28-year-old, though, remains on the books of Barcelona and was loaned out to Greek giants Olympiacos on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window.

On Friday, Afellay made his first appearance for the Netherlands in about two years and made his comeback in style.

The attacker scored a goal and provided an assist in the Oranje’s 3-1 comeback victory over Kazakhstan in the Euro 2016 qualifier at the Amsterdam ArenA on Friday.

Van Persie, who also scored on Friday, was delighted to have his compatriot find his feet and told ‘I know how hard he's had it.

'I've been in touch with him in Barcelona, I know where he's coming from. If he scores the winning goal, I'm very happy for him. He's come a long way and is now back at the top’.

It was indeed great of Van Persie to have kept in touch with Afellay and his delight for his Netherlands teammate is very genuine.

No wonder Van Persie was made the Netherlands captain by former coach Louis van Gaal...

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