Netherlands sealed the 3rd spot of the 2014 World Cup and Manchester United’s Robin van Persie played a huge role in that task as he scored 4 goals in the tournament. Van Persie captained his country to what was a fairly impressive and successful event.
When the latest edition of the World Cup reached its end, the player of Manchester United went on revealing some of his plans in the future as the Dutch forward stated that he wants to compete in the 2018 World Cup and playing until he’s 40 years old.
Van Persie told reporters: ”I will be 35 then and I will do everything to be there. I live quietly, this saves a few years. My goal is to play at the highest level for as long as possible and being available for the national team is a part of that. I am 31 now and I have a little less than nine years to go. I won’t be playing for a major club at the age of 40, although I do still want to be playing professional football at that age. That’s my goal.”
The former star of Arsenal currently has a contract with Manchester United which runs up until 2016 and it’s not expected that the Premier League club would be extending his contract any further as the team is trying to avoid keeping hold of senior players and want to keep rejuvenating the squad.
One of the decisions that Van Persie could do in a few years’ time is to make a move to the MLS and continue playing at a high level which is what he said that one of his main goals was and if he can remain scoring goals as well as making standout performances, his chances of being named into the Netherlands squad for the 2018 World Cup could be alive.
Roy Keane returned back to the Premier league after taking on the assistant manager’s role at Aston Villa. This is quite a surprise given that he was manager of Sunderland only a few years ago. However, disappointments in the managerial career over the last few years have forced him to go back to square one. Keane has been a major influence at Aston Villa since coming according to manager Paul Lambert. He has also leapt to the defence of the former Irish midfielder by saying that the media criticise him for his temper, but they do not see him from the near.
Lambert and Aston Villa are preparing for tough season ahead. The club has allowed some key players like Marc Albrighton to leave on a free transfer, while the likes of Fabian Delph and Gabriel Agbonlahor could also leave in this transfer window. Since they have just 12 months left on their contracts, speculation has been immense about their futures. For the moment, Lambert is concentrating only on the pre-season. He says that having a top-class player like Keane as part of the coaching setup helps him a lot, while he also trusts the former Manchester United midfielder completely.
Keane is also the assistant to Gordon Strachan for the Republic of Ireland national team.
“I can really trust him. He is a really good football person – a top man. He has been great. People shouldn’t get caught up with Roy Keane being this aggressive person. With the career he has had as a footballer – and people forget he had a lot of success as a football manager – what he says is really positive, especially to the young players. If they don’t take a leaf out of his book then there is something wrong. If they don’t take in some of the things he says, I think there would be something wrong for them as an individual,” said Lambert.