Robin van Persie wouldn't leave Arsenal for Barcelona, Man City or Real Madrid, says father

The Dutch striker is in the last year of his contract at Arsenal, but despite speculation linking him with an Emirates exit, his dad has ruled out a switch to the Etihad Stadium
Robin van Persie's father has seemingly put the handbrake on a potential move to Manchester City for the Arsenal forward, seeing it as 'not an option'.

The Dutch striker is currently on international duty with Netherlands, but is in the last year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Peter McVitie | International

The revelation by Bob van Persie that his son, Robin, will not be leaving Arsenal to join Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer certainly clears up some of the mystery which surrounds the Netherlands striker’s future and alleviates the pressure on him.

Van Persie’s future is still unclear but having ruled out the three main candidates to sign the 28-year-old, Van Persie senior’s comments will create less of a distraction for the frontman and the rest of the Netherlands team during these intense and crucial three weeks.

The focus on him will change from where he will be plying his trade next season to how he will deal with the task at hand – getting the Oranje as far in Euro 2012 as he possibly can.
As such the 2011-12 PFA Player of the Year has been linked with an exit from the north London club, with the likes of City and Juventus thought to be ready to make a move for him.

Despite Roberto Mancini’s men lifting the Premier League title last term and a number of players making the move from Arsene Wenger’s side to the Etihad Stadium in the past, Bob van Persie has ruled the possibility out for his son.

“Manchester City is not an option. It's impossible to play for another club than Arsenal in England,” he told Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been rumoured to be monitoring the situation, but a move to either Camp Nou or the Santiago Bernabeu is not in the 28-year-old’s thoughts either.

"It's not logical to go to Barcelona. They already have Lionel Messi over there. Real Madrid also doesn't fit into the picture."

Van Persie maintains his club future will be resolved after the end of Euro 2012.