Robin van Persie will play his final match on Sunday when Feyenoord host ADO Den Haag. The 35-year-old has made peace with his career coming to an end.

Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed on Friday that van Persie would not take part in Wednesday’s clash with Fortuna Sittard. Instead, van Persie will be given his farewell in De Kuip on Sunday against ADO Den Haag.

Speaking to the Feyenoord website, van Persie said he has been preparing for the end, “Up to and including the last home game against AZ (20th of April) I wasn’t really busy with my farewell. I did occasionally get questions or remarks about it during the season, but only after the duel with AZ did I realize that my career as a footballer is almost finished. I felt that a bit in my stomach in recent weeks.”

Van Persie does not regret his decision to announce his retirement earlier this season, “I already had doubts about continuing last summer because I had some physical problems. Then I stated quite clearly that the plan was to play for another year and then stop. I am happy that I made the choice last summer because it gave me a whole year to prepare myself mentally for saying goodbye.

“If I had made that decision only a few weeks ago, it would probably have been pretty tough to process it in such a short time. Now I have been able to prepare much longer for life after football.”

The striker is happy with his decision to end his career at Feyenoord, “In the last few months at Fenerbahçe I had lost the pleasure that I had never experienced before in my career. It was very important to me that I would not end up in oblivion, but honourably as a football player who contributes to the team. That is why I am very happy that I have returned. Of course, it is nice that we have taken the KNVB Cup and the Johan Cruijff Shield, but those prizes were not an end in itself for me. 

“For me personally, the goal was to end with honour, because football is my passion. ”




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