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04/06/2013 14:40, Report by S Bartram, M Froggatt
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Robin eyes quieter summer

Despite the spectre of starting next season under a new manager, the coming weeks will be markedly calmer than last summer for Robin van Persie.

Eleven months ago, the Dutch striker announced his intention to leave Arsenal, prompting a sustained spell of uncertainty before he ultimately secured a transfer to Old Trafford.

The decision was swiftly validated, with van Persie ending the campaign a Barclays Premier League champion and the division's top scorer. Looking back, he concedes that last summer was an undulating time in his life.

"It was [difficult] because it wasn’t only me who decided where I went to play," said Robin, in an exclusive in-depth interview with MUTV. "I also depended on my former club as well and how they saw it. And then of course you always have these games that the directors play.

"It’s a bit like a rollercoaster. Some days it is looking good and other days it is worse. You don’t really know what to expect because things can change so quickly. It normally depends on the player and the two teams, but in my case, there were two other teams involved as well.

"One was [Manchester] City and the other one was Juventus. So it was a bit hectic but I always wanted this transfer from day one. Me and Sir Alex knew that it would be a bumpy road, but I think that it shows that if you really want something then nothing is impossible. I am glad it happened."

The Dutchman's transfer owed much to a lengthy negotiation process between two of his former managers - Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger - and he vividly recalls the moment he heard that a deal would go through.

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