Van Persie's dad hints at United striker's retirement plans

The Dutchman's father also revealed which clubs feel like home to the World Cup striker.

Robin van Persie has only played professionally for three clubs in his career: Feyenoord, Arsenal and Manchester United.

However, his very first football team, Excelsior, had the Holland hotshot on their books from the age of 5 to 15, and it is a club that continues to be important to the player till this day.

Those are the views of Bob van Persie, the United striker's father, who also disclosed that he thought his son would stay on at Old Trafford beyond his current contract.

Despite suffering from serious injury problems at various points in his career, his father believes the Netherlands strikers has plenty of football left in him, both in Manchester and back at Excelsior, where Van Persie senior believes he'll finish his career.

"When his contract ends in Manchester, he'll be 33," Bob van Persie said. "As long as he is fit enough -- and I am sure he will be -- he'll stay in Manchester. Then he'll go back to Excelsior. Money will never be an issue.

"I think he'll probably always be loyal to Excelsior, Arsenal and Manchester United. Those clubs are like home.

"I think Robin will finish his career in Excelsior and then go back to London or Manchester as a coach. That will be next goal in life: to be the best coach in the world. I hope we have to wait years for that moment. Let's enjoy watching him play at little more."

The Netherlands' record goalscorer revealed to the Sun recently that he thought he could play into his 40s, and was very much looking forward to playing under Louis van Gaal at United.

It is debatable whether Arsenal fans would accept their former hero back at the club, even in a coaching capacity, which may mean Van Persie's future in coaching and possibly management sees him returning to Old Trafford or the Rotterdam club.

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