At the same time, Kompany was about to play his final game for Manchester City after 11 seasons with the Premier League club.
The defender left City that summer to return to Anderlecht as player/manager, though he has since handed over matchday management responsibilities to his assistant Simon Davies.
In September, Kompany enjoyed a testimonial match back at Etihad Stadium as a City legends side took on a Premier League Legends XI, of which Van Persie was a part of.
“That was a wonderful evening. Old-fashioned enjoyment with only top players on the field,” Van Persie told HLN.
“After 70 minutes I started getting pain everywhere, but I didn't want to leave that field. The next day Kompany called me. He was convinced that I could help him with Anderlecht.
“I saw it as a nice compliment that he approached me, but I woke up that morning with pain in my calves and knew that I should not start it (playing) anymore.”
Since hanging up his boots Van Persie has been spending more time with his family during the week while working as a TV pundit in England at weekends.
The former forward admits he is working in England as he has no problem being critical of his former Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal, something he would struggle to do with Feyenoord.
“I love doing that (punditry). I like to talk with love for the game, but I am not afraid to say negative things either,” added Van Persie.
“Not even when it comes to Arsenal and Manchester United. I would find that difficult at Feyenoord, because I know all these guys well, but that is why I consciously started working in England."