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Rooney: I'd love RVP to join United... honest

“He’s a fantastic player, he’s been amazing for Arsenal over many years,” said the England striker about Robin van Persie.

Wayne Rooney reckons he could partner RVP this season.
Wayne Rooney reckons he could partner RVP this season.
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WAYNE ROONEY HAS heaped praise on Robin van Persie as Manchester United aim to convince the Arsenal forward to move to Old Trafford.

The Dutchman revealed in July that he would not sign a new contract at the Emirates, citing a disagreement ‘in the way Arsenal should move forward’ and speculation over his future has been rife ever since.

Although Van Persie missed the club’s Asia tour, he flew out to Germany on Monday for a week-long training camp, suggesting a potential move is far from certain.  Indeed, claims that the demands of his agent looked as if they would scupper the move to Manchester surfaced yesterday.  Despite this, Rooney was happy to speak about a potential move for the Arsenal captain.

“Of course he’s a player that I admire,” Rooney said. ”He’s a fantastic player, he’s been amazing for Arsenal over many years. Last season was probably his best season of all, he scored a lot of goals. If he does come here he would be a great addition to the squad.”

Asked whether he could play alongside Van Persie, Rooney added: “I’d like to think so — but you’d have to ask the manager about that.

“There’s a lot of forwards here already with myself, (Danny) Welbeck, Chicharito and (Dimitar) Berbatov, who’s still here. So there’s a lot of forwards fighting for a place.”

Manager Alex Ferguson confirmed on Wednesday that United had made an offer for Van Persie but revealed there had been no breakthrough with Arsenal. United have just one game remaining in their pre-season schedule against German side Hannover on Saturday after drawing 0-0 with Barcelona in a glamour friendly in Gothenburg on Wednesday.

Rooney was substituted at half-time having missed a penalty in the first half.

“I’m not sure why that was, you’d have to ask the manager,” he said. ”I think he felt some other players needed minutes. But I’m excited, I feel good, I feel fresh and I’m looking forward to the new season.

“It’s a big season for us after last season and we all need to be ready for it. It was a good workout. I would have obviously liked a bit longer but it was a chance for some of the players to get some more game time. It was a good result — disappointing to lose on penalties but a good run-out.”

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