Manchester United used their website to confirm the transfer of Robin van Persie – running the story on Tuesday, but choosing not to formally announce it through any of their other channels.
Instead, the short statement on their website run on Tuesday morning officially confirmed the end of the Dutch striker’s three year spell at Old Trafford.
The player has already been announced and unveiled at Fenerbahce but United cited issues with international clearance as delaying their own announcement.
Van Persie recently said he’d love for Fenerbahce to take on United in the Champions League. The two teams could come up against each other in the play off round.
“I’d love to take on the challenge of Man United,” he said when asked about the Champions League. “Not with anger but for the beauty of the game. And to thank the fans.”
From Man Utd.com.
Manchester United confirms that the transfer of Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce has now been fully completed.
While the striker was presented to the media by the Turkish club earlier this month, the paperwork required in order to release his international registration certificate was not finalised until this week.
The Dutchman joined the Reds on 17 August 2012 and enjoyed a debut campaign to remember, making 48 appearances and scoring 30 goals – including 26 in the Barclays Premier League as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men claimed the club’s record 20th title.
A last-minute winner away at Manchester City was one of van Persie’s most important strikes in that season, and he hit a memorable hat-trick in the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa that sealed the championship in what proved to be Sir Alex’s final term as manager.
Van Persie followed up by netting 18 times and playing 28 games during his second season, 2013/14, before ending the 2014/15 campaign with a tally of 10 from 29 matches. His final goal for the club came from the penalty spot, in the 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford in February.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Robin well for the future as he links up again with Nani, who also joined Fenerbahce recently.