Robin van Persie has posted a classy farewell message to the Fenerbahce fans, after he agreed to rejoin boyhood club Feyenoord, 14 years after leaving the Dutch giants.
And while the 34-year-old will have the full blessing of the Fenerbahce supporters, his heart-felt message is sure to strike a nerve with the Arsenal fans.
In the short video, van Persie calls the Turkish club his “Fenerbahce family”, before thanking them for their hospitality and admitting he still wants the Yellow Canaries to lift the league title without him.
It’s a far cry from the way in which the former Netherlands international left the Gunners, after he jumped ship and joined Manchester United.
van Persie was famously quoted as saying he “listened to the little boy inside him” when he turned his back on the Emirates to win the Premier League title at Old Trafford:
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We experienced and got to know the beautiful country of Turkey and its kind people. We are greatful we could call Istanbul our home and we wish everybody there all the best for the future. Especially for the @Fenerbahce fans, we hope the future will bring you more success. Thank you for your hospitality ———————————————————————————— Öncelikle bu güzel ülkede tecrübe sahibi olabildiğim ve güzel kalpli insanlarla tanışma fırsatı bulduğum için kendimi çok şanslı hissediyorum.İstanbul’u evim gibi hissettirdiğiniz ve misafirperverliğiniz için çok teşekkür ederim.Bu değerli ülkenin güzel insanlarına herşeyin en iyisini diliyorum,özellikle değerli Fenerbahçe taraftarlarına gelecekte takımla beraber istedikleri başarıya ulaşmalarını canı gönülden istiyorum. Sevgilerle
The veteran frontman scored 10 goals in 29 appearances for the Super Lig club last season and will join Giovanni van Bronckhorst side as they sit fifth in the Eredivisie.