Yorke to RVP: Move to Manchester

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke told Arsenal's Robin van Persie that "the city of Manchester is the place to be to win trophies".

Football News: Robin Van Persie Manchester United

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Van Persie, 28, has made his desire to leave the club a public affair after refusing to sign an extension to his contract. In response, the Gunners have rejected bids from Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus and left out the Dutch hitman from their final squad for their summer tour of Asia. 

As a consequence, the rumour mill has been working overtime with various stories offering developments on the negotiations between Arsenal and the three aforementioned clubs although the Netherlands international has remained quiet on the matter thus far. 

Juve have been particularly persistent in attempting to woo the PFA Player of the Year to make the switch to the Serie A although Yorke believes Van Persie's interests would be best served with a move to one of the two Manchester clubs. 

"He's at a crucial stage of his career - and what a remarkable season he has just had," the former Trinidad & Tobago international told the Sun.

"When you do that, you want to win tropies - and the city of Manchester is the place to be if you are going to try to win something.

"I think it's a personal choice and nowadays it is about money.

"But I don't think you will go wrong by going to either of those two teams in Manchester."

The Sun also reports that manager Roberto Mancini has been frustrated with the lack of progress in the Van Persie saga and has called on Football Administration Officer Brian Marwood to increase the pace of the negotiations in order to persuade the north London club and the striker to part ways. 

The Gunners are due to play Malaysia XI in their opening pre-season friendly in Asia on Tuesday night and will face the Premier League champions in their subsequent friendly on Friday at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing.

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