Van Persie denies outbust

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has denied making negative
comments about Chelsea and Barcelona, insisting he ‘respects’ them
both.

The Holland international, who is preparing for match against
Brazil on Saturday, was quoted in his homeland as criticising the
supposed gamesmanship of some clubs.

Van Persie supposedly said that Chelsea players were ‘always
bitching’, while he was also quoted as saying Barcelona ‘nag’ to
match officials.

But on Friday evening the forward released a statement via
Arsenal’s official website in which he described the quotes as
false.

Van Persie said: “I’m on international duty at the moment, but
following several reports in the media I think it’s important to
clarify some recent comments attributed to me.

“These reports falsely suggest that I recently made negative
comments about Spanish and Chelsea players, I would like to make it
perfectly clear that I haven’t done an interview with Sport 1 or
any other outlet in recent weeks and I’ve certainly not been rude
as the comments suggest.

“I respect my colleagues of Spain and Chelsea and look forward
to playing against them for many years to come.

“I sincerely hope that all football fans worldwide don’t take
these misleading reports seriously.”