Paris St Germain drop out of race to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Coach of big-spending Paris St Germain, Carlo Ancelotti, has said that he will not be pursuing Arsenal’s Robin van Persie or Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo.
Most of the top clubs in Europe have been linked with the Arsenal captain and speculation has been rife that he will be quitting the Gunners this summer, having refused to extend his contract which expires in 12 months’ time.
Manchester City were believed to be leading the race for the striker, although Roberto Mancini’s interest reportedly cooled and Italian club Juventus looked favourites.
Alongside those two are a whole other host of clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
PSG were also thought to be in the race but Ancelotti’s latest comments have ruled the French club out, despite the player’s apparent availability.
"Robin van Persie is not our target but I think there are a number of other clubs who are interested in him," Ancelotti told a press conference.
The Italian also dismissed any idea that he would be looking to work with Andrea Pirlo again, who he managed at AC Milan.
He added: "Pirlo is an interesting player for any club, but I have had the chance to coach him for eight years and that is enough."
Latest in Sport
Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt: Examining the Impact of 'Taker's WWE WrestleMania return
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
It's time to stop the 'small club' jibes after Chelsea signed £200m Yokohama deal
Paul Scholes: Jose Mourinho's attempt to influence football's decision-makers is not working. In fact, it may have backfired
After record-breaking £5.136bn Premier League TV deal, why are Everton the only British club to win in Europe?
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Madonna claims jokes about her age tantamount to racism: 'No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black'
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia