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Van Persie joins Feyenoord to see if he takes to coaching

Aug 8 – Robin van Persie said he has joined Feyenoord Rotterdam´s staff to help their forwards with their finishing – although he is not sure what his exact title is – and to see whether coaching is something he might like to pursue.

“It is not an official function. That’s why I find it difficult to give it a name. For example, I don’t see myself as a striker coach. I think it’s a win-win situation: I’m going to find out here if I like this and I help the staff a bit,” he told the Dutch media on Saturday.

Coach Dick Advocaat is trying to persuade the 37-year-old to join his staff. The pair previously worked together at Turkish club Fenerbahçe.

“I was supposed to join last season, but that didn´t happen. Dick called me and asked if I wanted to come. And you can’t say no to Dick.”

Van Persie ended his playing career at Feyenoord a year ago after returning to the club where he began his playing career as a teenager.

In between he had success at Arsenal, Manchester United and Fenerbahçe and won 102 caps for the Netherlands.

“Over the past year I have only done things that I enjoy,” said Van Persie.

“I worked as an analyst in England, I travelled a lot with my family. Now I’m going to see if this is also something I enjoy.” (Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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