Van Persie sends message to Malacia

Wednesday 06 July 2022 11:45

Former Reds forward Robin van Persie believes that Manchester United and new signing Tyrell Malacia will form “a great connection together”.

The latter’s Old Trafford switch from Feyenoord was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon as he became Erik ten Hag’s first signing as United manager. 

Following the announcement, van Persie posted a message to the young full-back via Feyenoord’s official Twitter account, where he is now coaching.

The pair played together at the Eredivisie side between 2018 and 2019 when van Persie returned to the club where he'd started his professional career.

Malacia was born in Rotterdam and has worked his way through the ranks at Feyenoord before making the move to England, a journey that Robin knows very well from his own playing days.


“Hey Tyrell, it’s Robin here. I would like to congratulate you on your fantastic move to Manchester United and this big moment in your career,” van Persie said.

“You have shown that with self-belief, lots of talent and hard work day in, day out - you’ve shown that and I’ve seen that from close by - that dreams come true.”
During the video message, van Persie also had some words for the United fans on what to expect from the 22-year-old.

“To all Red Devils fans, you’re not only getting a talented full-back, but, as well, a fantastic person,” he continued.

“So be nice to him, support him in good times and bad times, he will give absolutely everything for you guys. 

“So, I’m sure it will be a great connection together.”

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As a current representative of Feyenoord via his coaching role, van Persie signed off by thanking Malacia for all of his contributions over the years to the Dutch club.

“On behalf of all Feyenoord fans and Feyenoord people, thanks Tyrell for what you’ve done for all these years, from a young kid when you arrived in the youth academy, up until now and this fantastic moment. 

“You are a true example for the next generation so thank you very much for all your effort and all you’ve done for our club and I wish you all the very best. 

“Good luck, man.”
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Upon the completion of his move to Manchester on Tuesday, Tyrell took the time to share his gratitude for his first club.

The defender joined the youth set-up as a nine-year-old and went on to rise through the ranks before making 136 competitive appearances at senior level for his hometown team off the back of his December 2017 debut. 


On Twitter, Malacia wrote: "Feyenoorders: Thanks for everything.

"Words cannot describe how grateful I am for my time in Rotterdam and the support I have always felt.

"Until we meet again.”