Robin van Persie has been drawn in the same group and former clubs Manchester United and Feyenoord in this season’s Europa League.
Van Persie joined Feyenoord when he was 16-years-old and spent three seasons in their first team before signing for Arsenal. He won the UEFA Cup with the Dutch team and played in the final.
The striker, now at Fenerbahce, has revealed what it means to him to be in the group with his former clubs.
We followed the draw when we were in the coach, on the way to an away match. We first heard that we were drawn with Manchester United, which was already amazing for me. Feyenoord coming out as the third team was absolutely brilliant.
I keep up with the results of clubs I have played for. Feyenoord is in first place and everyone is positive. Them even beating Manchester United does create a bit of a stir.
Van Persie has two years remaining on his contract in Turkey but has revealed he has no idea what the future holds for him.
We’ve moved around in recent years and that suits me very well. Over the years, I have seen that you cannot really plan your career. You have to take it as it comes. There are all kinds of things in your path and you accept it or not.
That’s how I will approach the last few years. I’m open to everything. I’ve been away from the Netherlands for 13 years and that suits me fine. Whether it’s in England, Turkey or wherever. The kids are involved. They are even more English than Dutch because they grew up there. There comes a time when they also get a bigger say in where they’d like to live and be.