Robin van Persie believes he can help develop the young Dutch players in the national team, especially striker Vincent Janssen. 

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rvp oraThe Fenerbahce striker has not been a part of Danny Blind’s plans recently, but speaking to AD, Van Persie believes he could be of value in the squad to act as a mentor to the younger players.

Van Persie picked out Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen as someone he could help improve, “If I see Vincent Janssen play, I think, a really good striker. He’s done really good in Orange. But I also see things in his game that I think I could help him. Details, small notes and tips. If Vincent is open to it, of course, the way that time between Ruud van Nistelrooy and me went. I myself have long played in the Premier League for eleven years. In the process, I could play a good role, I think. ”

On why he isn’t being selected by Blind, Van Persie was frank, “It could be that he does not like me. And that may be. But I hope always the professional wins from the personal. It’s all about the Dutch national team? That’s the key? ”

On whether his bust up with Memphis Depay in training played a role, he added, “I do not know. I can be very direct, that’s right, but at times it is equally necessary in my eyes.

“I think that is part of sport. If you want maximum performance, you have to tell each other the truth sometimes. That’s okay once, boom, clash. But then it should be o.k. I recently ran into Memphis at United. I asked, “Well, Memphis, are you still mad at me?” No, he was not. And besides: I think I always put a lot of energy into helping young players.”

You can read the full Van Persie interview on the AD website,

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