Robin van Persie admits he will “probably” to retire from football at the end of this season.
The 35-year-old is currently back playing with Feyenoord, where he began his professional career before joining Arsenal in 2004.
Van Persie has scored six goals in the Eredivisie this season for Feyenoord, who sit third behind leaders PSV Eindhoven and Ajax.
“When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season,” Van Persie told Dutch publication AD.
“I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football.”
Van Persie spent eight seasons with Arsenal, scoring 132 goals in 278 appearances and helping them win the FA Cup in 2004.
He joined Manchester United in 2012 for £24m and helped them win the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.
He was at Old Trafford for three seasons before leaving to join Turkish side Fenerbahce in 2015.
Now back in Holland, Van Persie admits he is enjoying his football much more than he had over the latter years of his career.
“I do not believe that my return to Feyenoord has only been successful if we win the title,” he explained.
“How is it successful? This is actually it, if you look at the whole picture. I had lost the fun. That’s not how I wanted to end, without pleasure. The fun has returned at Feyenoord.
“I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether it is successful or not.
“I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players.
“I see it as broader than just winning a title or not. That is the goal, that is what the club also say, but whether or not we win a title is not decisive for me on whether my return is successful or not.”
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