By Anthony Ashworth
The Dutchman’s future at the Gunners is far from certain, and with his contract at the Emirates set to expire at the end of next season, Premier League champions City are believed to be leading the chase for his signature.
However, Van Persie, who has been with Arsenal since 2004, will not be following in the footsteps of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure, according to his dad.
Bob van Persie was quoted as saying to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo: ‘It is impossible to go to another English team.’
And while three of those four ex-Gunners who defected to the Ethiad have tasted league glory since their move, Van Persie’s dad insists silverware will not be the only factor in his son’s final decision.
He added: ‘Robin does everything necessary to win, but victory is not his only goal. Play to win, but not at any cost.’
He also seemed to rule out the possibility of a move to one of La Liga’s top clubs, adding: ‘Why the hell would he play at Barcelona or Real?
‘Barca already have Messi and it does not make sense to join them. Madrid are not a team, but a group of stars.’
Italian giants Juventus are also thought to be closely monitoring Van Persie’s situation, after further contract talks between the striker and Arsenal were shelved until after Euro 2012.