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Van Persie refuses transfer discussion

Dutchman confirms that negotiations are postponed

By | 4th June 2012

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has revealed that his recent contract talks with the club ended in a decision to hold off any further negotiations until after this month’s European Championship.

Van Persie, 28, enjoyed a terrific season but the Gunners finished yet another season without winning a single trophy.

While the club’s hard-fought third-place finish ensures that they still have Champions League football at their disposal next season to retain some leverage during transfer discussions, RvP has been defiant in his approach.

Despite several calls for him to remain a Gunner, he has continued to play it safe and with only one year remaining on his current contract, the Dutchman knows the situation is too delicate for him to consider before the culmination of Euro 2012.

“My future? I have agreed with Arsenal not to discuss it. I can only talk of my intention to play in the Euros and win it and then continue to win in the Champions League,” van Persie was quoted by The Sun.

In the same interview, the prolific forward was asked if he would consider joining Italian champions Juventus, whose outgoing veteran Alessandro Del Peiro has also been linked with a switch in the other direction.

Van Persie, who was on target twice during his national side’s 6-0 win over Northern Ireland on Saturday, let the speculation remain rife by delivering an inconclusive response.

“Juventus? They are a great team, for sure,” the Gunners skipper concluded when asked to comment on the most recent Scudetto winners.

Van Persie and Holland begin their Euro 2012 journey against Denmark five days from now, with tough fixtures against Germany and Portugal to follow.

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