Van Persie: I want to make 2018 World Cup

The Manchester United star is keen to appear at a fourth World Cup and has the desire to play until he is 40

Netherlands international Robin van Persie is not thinking about retiring from international football and is determined to make it to the 2018 World Cup.

The Manchester United attacker has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and some have suggested he might be better off saying farewell to the national team to protect his club career.

The 31-year-old, however, is keen to make it to another World Cup and aims to keep playing until he turns 40.

“I will do whatever it takes to make it to the 2018 World Cup,” Van Persie was quoted as saying by De Volkskrant.

“I am living a calm and relaxed life. That should save me a few years. It’s my goal to keep playing at the highest level for as long as possible and being available for the national team is part of that.

“I am 31 now and I have a little less than nine years to go. I won’t be playing for a major club any more at the age of 40, although I do still want to be playing professional football at that age. That’s my goal.”

Van Persie has made 92 appearances for Netherlands, scoring 47 goals to become his country’s all-time leading scorer.

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