Van Persie blasts 'fantasy' knee surgery claims

Reports had suggested the 31-year-old could be sidelined for several months and was in need of an operation, but the Netherlands striker insists the rumours are false

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has denied reports claiming he requires surgery to fix a knee injury.

Earlier this week, reports suggested that the 31-year-old could face months on the sidelines after an operation was postponed prior to Netherlands’ World Cup campaign.

It was also alleged that the season-long loan signing of Radamel Falcao from Monaco was approved by Louis van Gaal due to the extent of Van Persie’s injury, though the Netherlands forward has now rubbished those claims.

“I don’t know where these rumours are coming from,” Van Persie told FOX Sports.

“I can honestly say that I will not visit a hospital any time soon to undergo surgery. You need quite a lively fantasy to come up with this nonsense.”

Van Persie also insists he is ready to compete for his place at United following Falcao’s move and is confident the Colombian’s arrival will be a boost for the squad.

“I am happy with the arrival of Falcao,” added the Dutchman.

“He makes us a better team. You always have to aim for the best at a big club. That’s my philosophy as well. Falcao has to fight for his place, just like me. The two of us and Wayne Rooney and James Wilson will have to fight it out.”

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