Fenerbahce signs Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie
Fenerbahce has completed the signing of Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie, according to the Associated Press.
The Netherlands star was welcomed to the Istanbul club on Tuesday. Van Persie, 31, joins the 19-time Turkish champs after three years at Old Trafford. He had a season left on his contract with United. Rumors of talks between the clubs began last week.
"I am humbled to see so many fans here today to greet me and welcome me. I will do everything in my power to help Fenerbahce win as (many) trophies to make you happy," Van Persie said Tuesday in front of fans at Fenerbahce's stadium.
Van Persie scored 30 goals in his first season with Manchester United, helping lead the team to a Premier League title in 2013 after joining the club from Arsenal. Two injury-riddled campaigns followed. The Dutch striker scored 10 goals in 29 games last season.
"I am convinced that I can reach that level and play for many years at the top level," Van Persie said, after being asked if he could reach his peak form from his early days at United.
Van Persie becomes Fenerbahce's second Manchester transplant, joining former teammate and United winger Nani, who signed with the club last week.
- Jeremy Woo