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Former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie set to hang up his boots

Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie on Thursday said that he is set to retire from football at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old Dutch forward, who scored 50 goals in 102 appearances for the Netherlands, said that it is time for him to hang up his boots.

Speaking to Dutch publication AD, Persie said: “When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season. I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football.”

He further added that he wanted to share his experiences with the youngsters.

“I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether it is successful or not. I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players.”

“I see it as broader than just winning a title or not. That is the goal, that is what the club also say, but whether or not we win a title is not decisive for me on whether my return is successful or not,” Persie added.

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