Robin van Persie aiming to end career on 'high note' after sealing Feyenoord return

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce acknowledges the crowd after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match b
Image: Veteran striker Robin van Persie has returned to his boyhood club Feyenoord

Robin van Persie has sealed his move back to Feyenoord on a free transfer from Fenerbahce.

The Dutchman came through the ranks at De Kuip before moving to Arsenal, but now returns to Feyenoord 14 years after leaving.

He said: "I have made a fantastic journey since leaving Feyenoord 14 years ago, but I'm happy to return now.

"I hope to bring a lot to this team, but we'll have to wait and see what's possible."

Van Persie has not played since August due to a knee injury, but he dismissed concerns over his fitness.

Arsenal's Dutch striker Robin Van Persie celebrates scoring his goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Everton at The Em
Image: Van Persie left Feyenoord to join Arsenal in 2004

He said: "I have trained with the team today and I feel good. But feeling good is not the same as being able to play matches and it will certainly take time before I reach that level.

Feyenoord won the Eredivise last season, but this campaign has been less successful, and they currently lie 17 points behind leaders PSV.

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Van Persie sees his role in the struggling side as a mentor, saying: "I mainly hope to help younger players by setting an example, like experienced players such as (Dennis) Bergkamp, (Thierry) Henry and (Patrick) Vieira helped me at Arsenal.

Image: Van Persie came through the ranks at Feyenoord before being signed by Arsene Wenger

"Besides that, no one can say what will happen.

"I am grateful for my career, which was bigger than I could have ever imagined. But it would be a fantastic feeling to end it on a high note at Feyenoord."

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