Former Netherlands and Manchester United forward Robin van Persie has returned to Feyenoord as a coach and is expected work with the club’s attackers, OJB Sport reports.
Born in Rotterdam, Van Persie joined the youth squad of local side SBV Excelsior when he was five, but left for Feyenoord at the age of 16 after falling out with the Excelsior coaching staff.
An injury crisis at Feyenoord meant he was quickly promoted into the first team, and made his debut for the club at 17, the first of 15 total starts during the 2001–02 season.
After starting for Feyenoord in the final of the UEFA Cup, Van Persie received the KNVB Best Young Talent award.
Van Persie signed a four-year deal with Arsenal for £2.75 million, just over half of Feyenoord’s original asking price of £5 million.
He joined Manchester United for an initial £22.5 million and signed a four-year contract, keeping him at the club until June 2016.
The 37-year-old resumed training for the first time on Friday and started working with Feyenoord’s strikers.
, “It is not an official function. That’s why I find it difficult to give it a name. For example, I don’t see myself as a striker coach.
I think it’s a win-win situation: I’m going to find out here if I like this and I help the staff here. “
Dick Advocaat played a big role in the decision, “Dick called me and asked if I wanted to come. And I can’t say no to Dick.
The past year I have only done things that I like. I work as an analyst in England, I travel a lot with my family, do a lot of sports. Now I’m going to see if this is something I also enjoy,” he said.
Van Persie has over 100 caps and has scored 50 goals for the Netherlands, making him their all-time top scorer.
He has represented his country at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and the 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championships.