Van Gaal: Decision down to RVP

Van Gaal: Decision down to RVP

Published Aug. 15, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Holland boss Louis van Gaal has revealed he has spoken with Robin van Persie over where his club future lies but insists the decision ultimately comes down to the sought-after striker.

Speculation continues to surround the Arsenal captain, who is being heavily linked with both Manchester clubs this summer following his revelation he does not intend to sign a new contract at Emirates Stadium.

The 29-year-old has been dropped from Van Gaal's starting line-up for Holland's international friendly with Belgium on Wednesday night and the coach is keen to see him settle his future ahead of the Oranje's impending World Cup qualifiers.

But the experienced coach knows only Van Persie, who scored 30 league goals last season, can decide where his future lies.


Van Gaal told a press conference aired on Sky Sports: "I think the player always has to decide for himself.

"When he wants he can ask me for advice but then I'll speak to him, not to you."

He added: "I had the conversation and it was unbelievable. A great and high level, not only at a human side but also in the football vision. It was one of the best meetings I've had with an individual player."

Asked whether it was important, with next month's qualifiers against Turkey and Hungary looming, that Van Persie decided his future sooner rather than later, the former Barcelona boss added: "Yes, of course. But it's for the English clubs, and Arsenal of course, to decide."