ARSENAL captain Robin van Persie has paid tribute to Italian champions Juventus, describing the Serie A giants as a “great team”.

Van Persie: Juventus are a great team
Robin Van Persie

The Dutchman’s Gunners contract runs out next summer and talks about a possible extension are all set to resume after the Euro 2012 finals.

But Van Persie, 28, said: “Juve? They are a great team, of course. I agreed not to discuss my future with Arsenal.

“I can only say that my intention is to play in the Euros and then go on to win the Champions League.”

Van Persie, who was talking to Italian website Tuttosport, has made no secret of his Champions League ambitions.

But if Arsenal were unable to keep him, both Manchester City and Manchester United would be interested.

RVP hit 30 league goals last term and scooped the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards.