Arsene Wenger has revealed he blocked Robin van Persie’s makes an attempt to return to Arsenal after being offered by Manchester United.
The Dutchman joined United for £24million in 2012 on a four-year deal and fired United to the Premier League title in what transpired as Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season as supervisor.
Underneath David Moyes after which Louis van Gaal, Van Persie struggled to duplicate his early kind at United that had made him one of many Premier League’s most dangerous strikers.
After a spate of accidents and with age catching as much as him, United offered Van Persie to Fenerbahce in 2015.
Wenger has now revealed that Van Persie phoned him to attempt to negotiate a return to the Emirates after his time at United was up however the Arsenal boss rejected the possibility to deliver him again.
“In 2012, he introduced his intention to not prolong his contract. All the massive golf equipment have been courting him,” Wenger defined in his new ‘Arsene Wenger, My Life in Crimson and White’.
“I offered him to Manchester United. The supporters have been offended with me for this however we couldn’t match the supply.
“I managed to barter his departure for £24million, which was an enormous quantity on the time for a participant with a yr left on his contract. I had solely the curiosity of the membership in thoughts.
“My relationship with Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had improved by then, however each switch is a well mannered recreation of poker the place you try to present not something away.
“Van Persie had a unbelievable first six months at Outdated Trafford: he put the crew on observe for the Premiership title and made it much more troublesome for us.
“However after three years of the 4 that he signed for, he was injured and Ferguson offered him to the Turkish membership Fenerbahce.
“He referred to as me as a result of he wished to return again, but it surely was unimaginable: he was on the finish of his profession and we have been investing in younger gamers.”