Robin Van Persie has blasted Louis Van Gaal for the way they parted ways at Manchester United.
‘I had this chat with Louis van Gaal and he told me: “Ok Robin, our ways will part. I’m the coach, you’re the player – you have to go, your time is up” the striker recalled.
‘I was like: “Yeah but I still have a contract?” He said: “I don’t care”.’
‘Ruthless. Towards the end of it, I saw something coming but not this ruthless. And the way he said it as well.’
‘My kids are going to school, they have their friends and everything. So in like a split second, all these things come across. How do you react to that?
‘I said: “We will see what happens. That’s your opinion. But I have a contract and I’m happy in England at Manchester United. So we will see what happens”. And I stood up, shook his hand and left it.’
‘That ruthless, that hard, that direct. And then loads of things came through my mind and we started pre-season. I wasn’t allowed to play in the 11 vs 11 and I was given a ball and told to do my own stuff.’
‘So you try to stay calm, stay cool but there’s loads of things happening. You’re playing the macho card “It doesn’t affect me”, but it does. It does affect me, my family and my career. Big time.’