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Van Persie not a PSG target

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PARIS (AP)

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out a move for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, saying: "He is not our target."

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Van Persie confirmed last week that he will not be signing an extension to his contract, which expires in 12 months' time, and that has led to speculation he will leave Arsenal this summer.

Italian champions Juventus have previously expressed an interest in signing the Dutchman, while Manchester City are also rumored to be admirers of the striker.

The likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid have also been linked with the 28-year-old, along with big-spending French side PSG.

However, while Ancelotti is aware that van Persie is a target for other clubs, the former Chelsea boss is not planning an attempt to bring the player to the Parc des Princes.

"Robin van Persie is not our target but I think there are a number of other clubs who are interested in him," Ancelotti told a press conference.

Ancelotti also scotched talk of a reunion with experienced Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who played under him at AC Milan.

He added: "Pirlo is an interesting player for any club, but I have had the chance to coach him for eight years and that is enough."

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