Van Persie remembers how Van Gaal fired him: “I am the coach and you are the player, your time has passed”

first_imgThe former Dutch footballer explains how hard the journey back home was: “It was painful. How do you react to that? So relentless, so hard, so direct … When the preseason started I was not allowed to participate in games eleven against eleven. They gave me a ball and told me to do something by myself. You try to stay calm, but it happens a lot. You play macho, you pretend that it doesn’t hurt you, but of course it does. It affected me, my family and my career.Van Persie felt lonely when he could not discuss his situation with anyone from an environment less close to his family and in 2015 he decided to go to Fenerbahçe, while the coach was fired a year later, at which time Manchester United would sign José Mourinho: “Maybe it would have been nice if I could have talked to someone outside my own circle, but I was too stubborn for that. Looking back, there have been more moments in my career that would have benefited me.” The former player also tells how he reacted to the news that his compatriot gave him: “After such a message many things come to mind. I still had a contract, my family was happy in England and we had been there for 11 years at the time. Now what? My children went to school here, they even had a partner. We would see what happened. It was his opinion, but I had a contract and I was happy in England and in the United States. Then I got up, I shook his hand and left. “ After the 2014 World Cup, in which Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie worked together in the Netherlands, the coach signed for Manchester United, where he coincided with the striker who, until a year ago, when he retired, was active in the Feyenoord. But what seemed to be a prolific partnership for both of them ended in disaster. The footballer’s season was not too good and the coach decided to find him a substitute. Voetball tells from the mouth of Van Persie the conversation he had with the coach when he told him that he had to leave: “I had a conversation with Van Gaal and he said ‘Robin, our paths are going to separate. I am the coach, you are the player and you must go. Your time has passed.’ I replied that I still had a contract, but Van Gaal said that He didn’t care. It was relentless. He had seen something like this come, but he didn’t expect it to be so brutal. “last_img

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