Van Persie opens door for Man City move after confirming Arsenal departure

Robin Van Persie has announced he won’t be extending his contract at Arsenal paving the way for a possible switch to Manchester City.

The Holland international has opted against signing a new deal at the Emirates Stadium and with a year left on his current deal it’s almost certain that he will be sold during the summer.

Premier League champions City have been monitoring the 28-year-old’s situation since the end of last season and manager Roberto Mancini could now make their move.

Speculation has been rife over his future after he left for Euro 2012 without resolving his future with Arsene Wenger recently declaring the importance of retaining the double footballer of the year.

In a statement on his official website Van Persie announced his decision after a meeting with Wenger and Ivan Gazidis.

“I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.

“As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the boss and Mr Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

“I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days.

“Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.”

“I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC.

“Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last eight years.

“As soon as Mr Gazidis is back from his two-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments.”

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