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Lazio dismiss Van Persie signing talk

Robin Van Persie. PHOTO/FILE
Robin Van Persie. PHOTO/FILE

LONDON, June 8- Lazio president Claudio Lotito has dismissed suggestions the Serie A club are close to signing Robin Van Persie from Manchester United.

Van Persie, who’s current deal expires at the end of next season, has been linked with a move away from old Traffor following an uninspiring season under manager Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman was spotted in Rome earlier this week, further fuelling speculation of a possible £5 million move to the Stadio Olimpico.

But Lotito insists their is no substance to the rumours and accused van Persie’s agent of fabricating the rumours.

“Don’t talk about it, I have just landed in Berlin [for the UEFA Champions League final],” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“It’s all rubbish! Total bull! (Agent Vincenzo) Morabito is the one trying to spread these rumours.”

Van Persie missed much of the campaign with nagging injuries and admits the current uncertainty regarding his future has been difficult to take.

“It’s a strange, difficult situation,” he said. “A new situation, that’s a better word. I have to think, in a realistic way. It’s my ambition to play the next years.

“I’m thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take. These are very important for me.

“I’m a real family guy. I think it’s fantastic to see how happy my children and wife are. That’s something I take in consideration when I’m thinking about my future.

“If worse comes to the worse and I won’t be playing much next season I wouldn’t be in an ideal situation with Euro 2016 coming up. I can’t say much about it now. It’s a difficult situation.”