Van Persie says he won't renew contract with Arsenal
"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," Van Persie wrote on his website. "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."
Van Persie, who scored 37 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, said he held talks about his future with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger before the European Championship.
Arsenal has not won any titles since the 2005 FA Cup and has not finished first in the league since 2004..
"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 should move forward," the 28-year-old said.
Van Persie said more meetings were planned with Arsenal once Gazidis returns from a vacation in the United States. A number of the continent's top teams are through to be interested in signing Van Persie, including English champion Manchester City and Italian champion Juventus.
Van Persie carried Arsenal for large chunks of last season, scoring a Premier League-high 30 goals to help the Gunners qualify for the Champions League. However, he had a poor European Championship by his high standards, scoring one goal as the Netherlands exited at the group stage.
Perhaps with the departure of Van Persie in mind, Wenger has signed forwards Olivier Giroud from Montpellier and Lukas Podolski from Cologne since the end of the season. Wenger must decide whether to cash in this summer on his captain and sole world-class player or risk losing him for nothing when Van Persie's contract expires at the end of next season.
election 2014: latest
New Delhi, April 20 (ANI): Months of toil and turmoil for 'Mary Kom' have been "harder than the hardest for Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopr... More New Delhi, April 20 (ANI): Months of toil and turmoil for 'Mary Kom' have been "harder than the hardest for Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who plays the title role in the biopic on Olympic medal-winning boxer MC Mary Kom. "Last two days of Mary Kom shoot. It's been harder than the hardest. Kudos to the crew for keeping it together. All good things come to an end," Priyanka posted on her Twitter page. The National award-winning actress had earlier said that every day of shooting the movie had been inspirational. She had pushed her boundaries to sink her teeth into the role and in fact, also spent a lot of time with the sports icon to get her act right for the film. Directed by Omung Kumar, the movie is slated to release on Gandhi Jayanti.
Date 3 hrs ago, Duration 2:00, Views 4