Robin van Persie Rejected Chelsea, Inter, Juventus And Manchester City

The Dutch ace has revealed he turned down several top clubs in favour of staying in north London.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie reportedly turned down the chance to join Chelsea, Inter, Juventus and Manchester City in order to stay a Gunner.

The Dutchman ended much speculation over his future by recently signing a new four-year deal at Arsenal.

However, according to the Sunday Mirror, the 25-year-old did have offers from elsewhere, including Chelsea, but decided to resist and remain at the Emirates.

Speaking to the British tabloid, the striker revealed how he had made his decision to stay in north London.

“I made a list. I wrote on one side what I had. And I wrote down what was lacking,” he revealed.

“At Arsenal, Arsene Wenger values my contribution to the team, my fellow players show the same appreciation and everyone who works in the club is wonderful and so warm to me.

“Apart from all that I have a great connection with the supporters. I find it fascinating how they show their love for me as a player.

“My heart says that I cannot play in the shirt of another club for the next four years.”

The forward also insisted that he was hopeful he could win more trophies at Arsenal and that he was determined to help the Gunners claim silverware once more.

“The desire to win trophies is even bigger now,” he added.

“It would have been easy to say 'We had no chance again to win a trophy, I quit and will sign for another club'.

“But that's not me. I am not a quitter.”

The Dutch ace also insisted that money was never an issue.

"Now the club have shown their appreciation. But it is not the money-side why I signed a new deal,” he said.

"All I want to feel is a bit of respect and a good relationship with everyone at the club.

“And that's what I have here."

Gill Clark, Goal.com