Arsene Wenger has reiterated that captain Robin van Persie will stay at Arsenal and sees no reason why the striker would want to join Juventus.
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Van Persie has yet to resolve his long-term future, with just a year left to run on his current Arsenal contract.
The Dutchman held preliminary talks with Arsenal before he left for what turned out to be a majorly disappointing European Championship campaign as Holland failed to progress past the group stages after three defeats in three games.
Premier League champions Manchester City as well Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been linked with a big-money move for last season’s Premier League top goal scorer, but reports have claimed that it is Italian champions Juventus who hold the strongest interest in the player.
But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not expect Van Persie to head to Italy. “He will stay at Arsenal,” Wenger told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
“There is no reason why a top player, a big champion would want a move to Serie A – in terms of the prestige of the league, the level of play or financial considerations. If he moves there, I will buy you a caramello.”