Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has calmed talk of a surprise return to the Premier League to join Chelsea, insisting he is happy at Fenerbahce. The 32-year-old left Old Trafford during the summer transfer window after falling down Louis van Gaal's striking pecking order but endured a disappointing start to life at the Turkish giants.
The Netherlands international scored just four goals in his first 12 appearance and publicly aired his frustrations with manager Vitor Pereira, who himself admitted tensions between him and the striker were high.
According to Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have considered a move for Van Persie to act as back up for Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Chelsea, meanwhile, have lacked their own cutting edge up front this season, with Diego Costa contributing just four goals, with back-up options Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy failing to put the Spain international under any real pressure.
Turkish outlet Fotomac suggest Jose Mourinho's side could turn to Van Persie to bolster their options in attack but the former Arsenal captain insists he has not been approached from any clubs. "There is a lot of talk about Chelsea and Barcelona but I have received no offers and I am dedicated to Fenerbache," Van Persie told Turkish-football.com.
Chelsea were given some respite from their woes this season with Costa scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Norwich City on 21 November. Speaking ahead of the Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel-Aviv on 24 November, Mourinho praised Costa's reaction to his recent goal drought while also dismissing claims he will try to sign Leicester City's Jamie Vardy during the January transfer window.
"For a striker it's always important to not go for a long time without scoring, because they feel the pressure," Mourinho said when asked about Costa. "For him I think scoring the winning goal can have a positive influence."
When quizzed on Vardy, he added: "I don't want to analyse the boy because if I do you will get my words and you will put them into a different perspective about me wanting to sign him. I don't want to sign him."