Robin Van Persie Signs Four-Year Contract With Manchester United

Robin van Persie completed his move to Manchester United by signing a four-year contract, the English Premier League soccer club said on its website today.

Van Persie will be available for United’s season opener at Everton in three days. The 29-year-old Dutch striker underwent a medical exam yesterday after United and Arsenal agreed on a fee for his sale.

“Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “His talents need no introduction to our fans, he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club.”

United didn’t disclose financial terms of the contract, which runs through June 2016. The Telegraph reported the deal is worth 200,000 pounds ($314,000) per week.

Van Persie led the Premier League with 30 goals last season. He said July 4 after meeting with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis that he wouldn’t extend his contract with Arsenal, which was due to expire after this season, because he disagreed with management’s vision for the club. The Gunners last won a trophy in 2005.

Van Persie joins Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa and English midfielder Nick Powell as new acquisitions since United was denied a record-extending 20th league championship on the final day of last season, when crosstown rivals Manchester City scored two goals in stoppage time to beat Queens Park Rangers and snatch the title.

“It’s an honor to sign for Manchester United,” Van Persie said. “I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, brining my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game.”

Van Persie joined Arsenal in 2004 from Feyenoord and scored 132 goals in 278 appearances. He had 37 goals in 48 games in all competitions last season, when he captained the team, and was named the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ player of the year.

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