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Warburton responds to Van Persie rumours

By July 28, 2016No Comments

Rangers boss Mark Warburton admits he is bemused by reports linking the club with a shock move for Robin van Persie.

The Fenerbahce striker has struggled for form in Turkey and was reportedly unhappy at the club because he wasn’t receiving enough game time.

Reports in Turkey surfaced speculating that Van Persie could be on his way to Rangers, a club he admitted he was “desperate” to join as a teenager – when Dick Advocaat was in charge of the Light Blues.

He said in 2009: “My European debut was against Rangers at Ibrox and that was a fantastic moment. When I heard about their interest, I sat by the phone hoping it would ring.

“I was in a difficult situation at my club and desperate to leave. Advocaat told me he needed to sell some players before he could buy. That’s why it dragged on and did not happen.”

On Thursday, one bookmaker suspended betting on the 32-year-old joining the Ibrox club, but Warburton rubbished the suggestions.

“Robin Van Persie is an unbelievably talented player, but there is absolutely no truth in the rumour. I’m both bemused and amused,” he told reporters.

“There is no substance whatsoever. I’m sure someone is laughing somewhere.”

Van Persie has two years left to run on his current deal and scored 16 league goals last season.

Last week, Fenerbahce issued a statement insisting the Dutch striker was going nowhere.

“In recent days, there have been so many rumours in the media about Robin van Persie leaving Fenerbahce,” the statement read.

“These speculations are not true. After a meeting with the player’s agent, Van Persie’s transfer to any other club is out of the question.”

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