Robin van Persie contract: 'It's not up to me,' says Manchester United striker on new deal

Dutch striker has 18 months left on his contract

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Robin van Persie admits he has no idea whether he will sign a contract extension at Manchester United.

Van Persie enjoyed a successful World Cup with Holland under United boss Louis van Gaal but he has yet to replicate that kind of form at club level.

Van Persie scored 30 goals in his debut year at Old Trafford, but last season he struggled for fitness and form and this term he has found the net eight times.

The 31-year-old's contract ends in the summer of 2016, and when asked if he would like to extend that deal, the striker said: "It is not up to me. For the moment I am staying here for 18 months.

"That is it really. I can't look into the future. I don't know what is going to happen after that. We shall have to wait and see."

Van Persie was refreshingly candid when discussing his poor form at the launch of Manchester United's new partnership with Swissquote at Old Trafford on Monday.

Others are guilty of under-performing too. United's 0-0 FA Cup draw with Cambridge last week was littered with mistakes, while in the Premier League the Red Devils have just three points more than they had at this stage last term.

"Obviously we are not scoring enough goals, including me," Van Persie said. "Everyone feels responsible. I do, definitely. This year I have played something like 20 games and I have scored eight goals.

"I am not happy with that. I want to score more. I will do everything, every day in training and during the games I will keep doing what I have been doing for the last 10 years to make those goals. It makes so many people happy. Including me.

"I am convinced that if we keep doing what we are doing - because we do create chances - if the strikers just take those chances I think we have a chance of scoring again.

"It is a very thin line between scoring a load or goals and only a couple."

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