Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has hinted that he could leave the Old Trafford club this summer after insisting that he needs regular football ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament in France next year.
The Dutch forward struggled for form and fitness last campaign featuring 27 times in the Premier League and scoring just 10 goals. He is entering the final year of his contract at the club he joined in 2012 from Arsenal, and is yet to be offered a new deal prompting speculation that he will be allowed to leave during the summer transfer window.
Turkish giants Galatasaray were keen on the former Gunners star, and the club's coach Hamza Hamzoglu had voiced his admiration for the striker, as quoted by Turkish Football. But the manager has since admitted that Van Persie was no longer on their radar.
The 32-year-old forward has made it clear, when he spoke to ELF Voetbal, that his family, who have been well settled in England, will be his top priority when he makes a decision on his future. The European Championships in France next year will also play a part, as he wants regular football next season to ensure he is in the best form going into the tournament.
"When I signed for United, I knew these kind of (reports) would appear. Next year is the European Championship. That tournament is going to play a big role in the choice I will make," Van Persie said, as translated by the Daily Mail.
"I have to be in my best form (for Euro 2016). But most important is the wish of my wife and children. Whatever I do Bouchra, Shaqueel and Dina Layla are the highest of my priorities. They have to be happy."
The 20-time English champions had a poor season on the goal scoring front last campaign, managing just 62 goals all season, with Wayne Rooney being the top scorer with just 12 goals. It was United's second lowest tally in the Premier League era.
Louis van Gaal had to play the Three Lions skipper in midfield for most of the season, due to a lack of adequate personnel, which contributed to the striker's lack of goals. However, the big concern was the inability of Van Persie and Radamel Falcao to find the net on a consistent basis during the course of the season.
The Colombian has since been released following the conclusion of his season-long loan spell from Monaco, but the Dutch manager has been coy regarding his compatriot's role in the team next season.
The former Arsenal striker feels responsible for the lack of goals as he believes it is necessary for at least one player in a team to get at least 25 goals in all competitions every season.
"I was second highest scorer, behind Wayne Rooney, with 10 goals. But people don't seem to accept this. I think that is deserved, because it says a lot that Wayne is top scorer with 12 goals."
"In all the other top teams, there is a minimum of one player who makes more than 25 goals over all competitions. Not at United. That's the reality and I feel responsible for that," the Dutch forward added.