Manchester United star Robin van Persie has insisted that he can continue to play football until the age of 40, and is intending to play for the Netherlands at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Van Persie bagged four goals at this summer’s World Cup, but returned to action for Man Utd seemingly unfit. He has failed to complete 90 minutes in either of his two games thus far this season, and has failed to score since the start of the new campaign.
While he will be 35 by the time the next World Cup comes around, Van Persie remains of the belief that he can play in Russia, despite his record with injuries in the past.
He said: “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.”
He also is of the opinion that he can stretch his career out for another nine years.
There are doubts that Van Persie will retain his place in Man Utd’s starting eleven after the arrival of Falcao on deadline day.