Robin van Persie has confirmed that he and Arsenal have agreed not to talk publicly about his future while the striker is away at Euro 2012 with Holland.
While former players, Emmanuel Adebayor comes to mind, have used international tournaments as a means of venting contract talk frustration to gathered media, the Dutchman insists he’ll stay quiet:
“We have both promised that we are not going to comment on anything and I will stick to that,” he is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“You can also see that Arsenal are acting in the same way, as we discussed. The club does not say anything either, because that is what we said we would do.”
Holland’s first choice striker, despite letting teammate Klaas Jan Huntelaar take the coveted number 9 shirt while he sports 16, Van Persie insists he is fit enough to lead his country to glory after a long season at the Emirates.
Revealing a chat with Thierry Henry, he also made clear he is more relaxed about the prospect of playing at the Euros.
“Thierry told me things about the big matches you face as a player.
“I have played 60 games this season, I have not missed a single league match for Arsenal.
“Now we have been playing all kind of friendly matches with the Dutch team. But Thierry says many of those games are about doing your job and keeping good form.
“It comes down to the big moments where I have to decide big games.
“I agree with him and it is good to hear. For me, the next big moment is when I face Denmark in Ukraine.
“I used to get worked up about big tournaments, but not anymore.
“I have the experience from my years at Arsenal and I can look back on a great season with my club.”