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Robin van Persie reveals why he turned down Man United manager’s return

A storied playing career for the Dutchman, 38, took him across Europe and ended at local club Feyenoord, where he is currently a member of the coaching staff.

Leaving the Netherlands for a reunion at Old Trafford was thought to be on the cards but Van Persie rejected the approach, with Ten Hag opting for former United assistant Steve McLaren to join him instead.

“My son and my daughter are important right now,” Van Persie told Life After Football.

“The fact that they’ve both found their passion is great. A hobby is fine, but you hope they really find a passion.

“Dina has been able to do that with horse riding, she’s totally into it, and Shaqueel has the same with football. My wife, Bouchra, develops all her talents with our projects and it’s nice to see. We have fun together .

“In London, when I was playing at Arsenal, we moved five times. We have also lived in Manchester and Istanbul. In total, we were absent for nearly fourteen years. But then we thought, “What’s good for kids now?” and I felt a little stability would be nice.


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