Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Van Persie puts off future talk

Robin Van Persie insists his focus is on Euro 2012

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie insists he will not let talk of his future distract him from Euro 2012, although he has described one of his suitors, Juventus, as a "great team".

Van Persie scored 37 goals to help the Londoners turn around their season and qualify for the Champions League. Recent talks over an extension to his current contract, which expires next summer, failed and he has been coveted by Europe's top teams, including Juve, Barcelona, and Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.

Van Persie has agreed to not speak about his plans for next season until after the European Championship finals, but the Holland hitman praised Italian champions Juventus, telling Italian website Tuttosport: "Juve? They are a great team, of course. I agreed not to discuss my future with Arsenal."

He added: "I can only say that my intention is to play in the European Championship. And then go on to win the Champions League."

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