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Robin van Persie humbled by warm welcome at Fenerbache

By Carl Markham

Robin van Persie admitted he was left humbled by the reception he received from Fenerbache fans during a signing ceremony in Turkey yesterday following his move from Manchester United.

The 31-year-old arrived in Istanbul over the weekend to finalise the transfer and was introduced at the club's Sukru Saracoglu Stadium where he signed forms in front of thousands of fans.

"I'm humbled to see that so many great fans came today to greet me to welcome me to your family," the Dutchman told the crowd.

"I promise you one thing; I will do everything in my power to help Fenerbahce win as many trophies to make you guys happy because if I see today, I can only imagine how it would be if you win the league what kind of party that would be.

"I hope I can share that with you guys. Let's do it together."

The finer points of Van Persie's transfer are yet to be confirmed but he hinted he had agreed to terms on a three-year contract.

He also confirmed he spoke with other clubs about a move and that while he knew the writing had been on the wall for his United future, he held no grudge against the club.

Van Persie was asked if there was any parting message from Van Gaal but only disclosed his farewell meeting with his team-mates before praising United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for his role in pushing the deal through.

"It was a situation where I could see it coming, if I'm really honest," he said of his Old Trafford exit.

"I could get used to the idea for quite a bit. It was not a situation where it was just happening from day to day so I could get used to the situation. That is football.

"From my side, there are no hard feelings with how it went. It's part of football, it's part of life. I had a good moment with the players the day before I came to Istanbul so that was special. Then you see that everyone really appreciated my time there, that was important for me.

"I highly appreciate the work of Ed Woodward, the CEO of United. The way he dealt with this transfer is from a high level, it's very classy, he proved he's a gentlemen in the way he dealt with the whole situation. Ed, if you're listening, thank you!"

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