Fenerbahce manager Vitor Pereira has once again dismissed reports of a falling out with striker Robin van Persie, amid rumours the Dutchman is a target for Barcelona.
Van Persie moved to Turkey from Manchester United in the summer, but despite enjoying a strong start as far as goalscoring is concerned, the Netherlands international is reportedly unhappy with how often he has had to start on the substitutes’ bench. As a result, this is not the first time the 32-year-old’s relationship with new boss Pereira has been called into question, but the manager was quick to shoot down these suggestions at the weekend.
“I have no problem with Van Persie,” the 47-year old Pereira told the official club website Barcelona are apparently looking at bringing in experienced cover for their fearsome attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – especially after Messi picked up an injury early in the season. Pereira, however, is confident Van Persie is not the man they will sign. He added: “I have no information about a transfer.
I am pleased with him” RVP was once again on the scoresheet on Sunday as Fenerbahce defeated Kayserispor thanks to his excellent free-kick, which led to further questions from fans and media alike as to why he isn’t starting more often at his new club.