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Van Persie situation worries Netherlands boss Blind

1:35 AM WAT 06/10/2015
Robin van Persie - Cropped
The striker joined the Turkish club from Manchester United in the summer but has struggled to nail down a starting spot at his new club, much to his national team boss's concern

Netherlands coach Danny Blind admits he is concerned by the Robin van Persie's lack of game time at new club Fenerbahce.

Van Persie joined the Turkish club from Manchester United in the summer but has started just six of his 12 appearances for the club thus far in 2015-16.

The 32-year-old remains integral to the Dutch squad, and Blind admits that he is keen for the forward to start domestic games regularly.

"For Van Persie and for us this is not the most ideal situation,” Blind said. “You want your players to play.

"On Thursday he played an entire game against Celtic, but it’s not a good situation when one of your main players is not in the starting line-up weekly.”

Blind, who succeeded Guus Hiddink at the helm in July, has endured a tough time as Netherlands boss with the nation on the brink of missing out on Euro 2016 after taking just 10 points from their eight qualifiers in Group A.

The 54-year-old has also come under fire for picking five Ajax players in his recent squad, but he claims he is not showing any favouritism to his former club.

"I think that’s nonsense,” Blind said. "It does not interest me what club they are at.

"I try to select the best players, I do not know any coach who does not. The choices can always challenge you, but there are not preference.”