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Vieira On Robin Van Persie Contract Uncertainty

Manchester City Football Development Executive Patrick Vieira has given his view on the developing story surrounding the Arsenal talisman's future...

There is no doubting that the vastly experienced 28 year old Dutchman is at the peak of his powers and no doubt either that the English Champions are now intent upon reinforcing their position in European football.

The addition of Van Persie to a potent strike force that blasted 127 goals in 55 games this past season would be a formidable acquisition indeed.

Van Persie is one of the striking options being considered in Abu Dhabi this week where His Highness Sheikh Mansour welcomed Roberto Mancini, David Platt and club officials to discuss the progress made thus far.

In the meantime, Van Persie has linked up with the Dutch squad for Euro 2012 with a new Arsenal contract offer waiting in London. Van Persie has around 12 months remaining on his current agreement.

Vieira, who has played an important role in supporting the City squad across another triumphant season said:

'It will not only be City who would like these kind of players. I don't think you have so many good talents like Van Persie who have just one year left on his contract. There will be a lot of teams who will want a player like Van Persie.

'It was a shock for Arsenal to lose Nasri and Fabregas and if they lose Van Persie, it will be a drama. If Robin decides to leave, that means maybe next year it will be Walcott and the next year maybe it will be Wilshere. It will be difficult for Arsenal to keep all their top players. But if they keep Robin, they will send out a positive message to all the clubs around them.'

City were unfortunate to exit their Champions League group of death in the last campaign with 10 points that would have guaranteed progress from the majority of other groups. It is this competition for which Mancio will be intent upon making a couple of strong additions to his young side. A player of Van Persie's stature fits the bill. Arsenal and City's game in Beijing this summer already has an intriguing edge to it.

The Guardian Reports:

"Arsenal's anxiety over Robin van Persie's next career move has been reflected by them barring him from talking to the press while on international duty.

The striker travelled to the Netherlands on Thursday to begin his national team's preparations for the Euro 2012 finals but Dutch reporters, who are used to a relaxed relationship with the players, were told that Van Persie was the only one who would not be addressing them."

all times East Manchester

Fri 27 July Arsenal, Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing, Friendly
Su 12 August, Chelsea, Villa Park, Community Shield
Sa 18 August, To Be Confirmed, PL

- The 2012/13 Premier League season will kick off on Saturday the 18th August 2012. Fixtures will be announced around the middle of June, with the first set of television picks selected approximately 2-3 weeks later.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Champions Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 18 2012

Time: 8:05AM

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tell you what - there will be a few Hissy fits in North London if we do sign Van Persie. Well, a few more than usual anyway.
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18/05/2012 08:49:00

I don't understand why RVP to City is something that would happen though. Of course, right now he is the best striker in the world, but if you've got Aguero and Tevez (for starters) and great options in a Balotelli with a brain (maybe) and even Dzeko I don't see why it is necessary to spend insane money on a 1yr contract Van Persie. I also can't help but wonder if RVP is going to come back from the Euros in good shape. He traditionally gets injured on international duty and having played so much for Arsenal this season, and then the Euros, I would be surprised if he is able to repeat his heroics next season at the same level. And I doubt his sale would spell Arsenal's demise either, they lose these players and still push on anyway and they'll easily get 30m for him. Anyway, I'm just rambling on another Vital in an attempt to stop thinking about tomorrow night!
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18/05/2012 11:01:00

TBH Bluebanes, I'd be surprised if City are actually interested in him, given his age, lack of resale value and history of injuries. But it's summer silly season, and we've been linked to just about every Tom, Dick and Arsenal player in the past, why should that change now? He's had a great season, but that's no guarantee he can repeat it in a sky Blue shirt. Good luck tomorrow BTW.
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18/05/2012 11:16:00

Trying to drum up more traffic on this tumbleweed strewn site I see.
Wyn Mills
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18/05/2012 12:11:00

You're a very angry little man Wyn. Try taking deep breaths and counting to ten.
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18/05/2012 12:23:00

And behold yet another left the place of plague and pestilence and moved to a place where the trophies were full of milk and honey. He joined his friends Gael and Samir plus his mentor Patrick and he blessed all those around him for his good fortune and his name was RVP. And he was to prosper like them.
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18/05/2012 12:23:00

Wow! There are more than 3 of you? I wondered when Willy would bother posting on his own site. ;)
Wyn Mills
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18/05/2012 12:28:00

Erm, that Vital Arse members league is hardly prolific . So. Is RVP going to join his mate Samir at The Champions?
Johnny Baguette
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18/05/2012 12:35:00

JB, who knows? If any of us knew what RVP is going to do we'd probably be selling it to the Sun. I hope not, but we're not completely blind as fans to a player's ambition. Its our ambition too. Its just a question of whether Wenger can convince Robin that the club also has that ambition.
Wyn Mills
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18/05/2012 12:42:00

Jeez Wyn, to be fair, I much rather a semi-tumbleweed Vital than the grating spew the North Londoners (Goons & Spuds) serve up on their forums, baying for blood every other day. At least we have something interesting to talk about, something to celebrate!
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18/05/2012 13:21:00

If it's such a tumbleweed site then why even bother stooping to our lowly level, Wyn? We are just poor, humble Manchester City fans. We don't have the honor and prestige of rooting for the third best team in England that plays "the best football in the world while winning nothing." I'm glad that you've graced this little site with your presence so that we can all talk about how amazingly smart you are and can bask in your awesomeness. Do you own a car? Do you have a bank account? Do you have a job? It must be so very nice to have all of those things, while we poor, humble Manchester City fans have nothing at all. If only we could be Arsenal fans and achieve enlightenment. But alas, I suppose some of us must root for the best team in England.
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18/05/2012 13:21:00

Yeah, ok. We haven't won anything for a while. You got me there. I add my congratulations along with the solitary Chelsea fan a few threads back.
Wyn Mills
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18/05/2012 13:45:00

Wyn mate, you're coming across as a proper idiot. We've had Spurs, Chelsea, Swansea, Leeds, Newcastle, Celtic, Arsenal and even U*d fans congratulating us on this site.
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18/05/2012 13:51:00

I will be sorely disappointed if RvP joins another Premiership team. Surely there are other teams in Spain,Italy and Germany who can be as attractive.
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18/05/2012 19:08:00

I hope he goes abroad too Sajit or stays with the goons. I can't hack the schtick we'll get for prising another Arsenal star to City. At 25m+ and at 29 with dodgy knees, I'd rather pass. Don't doubt his class at all though, he's truly one of the best the epl has seen.
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18/05/2012 21:14:00

His wage demands are supposed to be so crazy that even we won't entertain them unless he drops them some. He wants to be paid in the Ronaldo/Messi range which would make him the highest paid player in the league.
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19/05/2012 01:02:00

25m + 275k+ per week is insane money for an injury prone player. Would be amazed if this deal happened.
Wyn Mills
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19/05/2012 17:58:00

I'd be surprised if it happens myself but it's a bit unrealistic to suggest that Van Persie would be paid 79k a week more than T***z, City's highest paid player.
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19/05/2012 19:11:00


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