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Robin Van Persie Set For One Last Big Move

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Robin Van Persie Set For One Last Big Move

At one point Robin van Persie might well have been the best striker in Europe. Now getting towards the back end of his career the Dutchman is set to leave Fenerbahce for one last big move.

They haven't come much better than RvP in his his near 16 years as a first team footballer wherever he's gone, from the Eredivisie, the Premier League, Super Lig or international stage, his goalscoring record speaks for itself.

His record for Arsenal was excellent and that's quite impressive considering he seemed to spend about half his time at the north London club on the physio's table, but even he'd scored 100 goals in a season he wouldn't be loved there.

Van Persie lifts his only league title with United. Image: PA Images.
Van Persie lifts his only league title with United. Image: PA Images.
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His time at Manchester United, winning the Premier League, where he seemed to love a goal against the Gunners put paid to any love that people at the Emirates had for him.

For the past three years the 34 year old has been plying his trade in Turkey with Istanbul side Fenerbahce, although after an injury early this season he's barely played this term.

According to L'Equipe the Netherlands top scorer is back fit and expected to rejoin his first club Feyenoord later in the January transfer window.

A very young RvP battles Jan Koller for the ball. Image: PA Images.
A very young RvP battles Jan Koller for the ball. Image: PA Images.
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Van Persie has just six months left on his contract in Turkey and could have left the club on a free then but with manager Aykut Kocaman deciding against putting him back in the first team despite being fit since November it looks like a deal will be done in January.

That means that the former Manchester United frontman, whose hat-trick secured their last title under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, would follow the path Dirk Kuyt took in 2015 when he ended three years with Fenerbahce to return to Rotterdam.

Kuyt returned to Feyenoord as his last move. Image: PA Images.
Kuyt returned to Feyenoord as his last move. Image: PA Images.

Kuyt's return to Feyenoord was successful, winning the Dutch Cup in his first season and scoring a title winning hat-trick on the last day of his career in his second season, pretty decent way to end a career.

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The Eredivisie side aren't having a good season though, out of Europe after finishing bottom of their Champions League group and fifth in the league.

RvP and Feyenoord will be hoping he has a similar impact to Kuyt before him.

Topics: fenerbahce, Manchester United, Robin van Persie, Eredivisie, Netherlands, Feyenoord

Ryan Sidle
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