Robin van Persie’s son has followed in his father’s footsteps and joined Fenerbahce’s academy.Shaqueel van Persie was on the books at Manchester City while his father played for Manchester United.
Confusion arose earlier this week when the Netherlands worldwide striker was unveiled by the Turkish club but no official announcement was made by Man Utd with regards to the deal.
Van Persie will be eager to impress his new coach, after his love affair with the Premier League turned cold in the final 12 months of his stay at Old Trafford.
Following Robin van Persie’s departure to Fenerbahce and Radamel Falcao’s at the end of last season, Rooney is now set to be Van Gaal’s first-choice striker and the England captain is relishing the opportunity.
Louis van Gaal has been linked with a move for a striker all summer with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic mentioned as candidates.
Make of it what you will but United have a track record of letting major players leave through the back door.
United performance analysts, it is understood, believed Van Persie “peaked” in his last year at Arsenal and first season at United – he scored an astonishing 67 goals in those two years – but was in rapid decline and would spend more and more time out injured.