Van Persie returns to Feyenoord after 14 years

Robin van Persie has completed a return to boyhood club Feyenoord – 14 years after leaving Holland to join Arsenal.

The Dutch striker began his career at the club, coming through their academy, before going on to score 226 goals at Arsenal, Manchester United and Fenerbahce.

But he was back on Monday, putting pen to paper on a deal after Fenerbahce agreed to let him leave on a free transfer this month.

After falling out of favour in Turkey, Van Persie agreed on a move back home on Friday and he arrived to complete the deal on Monday.

In a sentimental touch, Van Persie will wear the No 32 this season, returning to his first ever number when he made his debut back in 2002.

“We experienced and got to know the beautiful country of Turkey and its kind people, ” he stated.

“We are grateful (sic) we could call Istanbul our home and we wish everybody there all the best for the future.

“Especially for the @Fenerbache fans, we hope the future will bring you more success. Thank you for your hospitality.”