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Robin van Persie hints at Man United exit with ambition to play 'every week'

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Robin van Persie says he is not ready to settle for life on the bench after hinting he may consider leaving Manchester United to look for first-team football.

Van Persie, 31, will soon enter the last year of his contract at Old Trafford with his future in doubt after manager Louis van Gaal refused to confirm his fellow Dutchman will be at United again next season.

The striker started just one of United's last 13 games after suffering an ankle injury at Swansea in February and losing his place as the first-choice forward to captain Wayne Rooney.

And with United -- who have tied up a £25 million move for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay -- expected to try and recruit another forward, Van Persie says he wants to be more than just a squad player in what he admits is a "a strange, difficult situation."

"I still have ambitions of playing every week," the former Arsenal captain told reporters in the Netherlands.

Manager Van Gaal held a series of meetings with some players in the final week of the season to let them know where they stand in his plans.

But while there are suggestions United may look to sell Van Persie, the Netherlands international says both parties have a decision to make.

"I'm going to [stay] calm and relaxed, sit down and consider everything," he continued. "The club must do its homework and so must I."

Van Persie scored 10 goals in his least productive campaign since an injury-hit 2007-08 season, but the forward -- who has often spoken of his desire to play on into his late 30s -- rejected suggestions he is in decline.

"I feel top fit and I think I can still go on for several years," he said. "Take note of my words."

Van Persie accepts that the failings of United's forwards were a reason why they did not challenge for the title.

Rooney mustered just 12 league goals and Radamel Falcao a mere four during his loan spell from Monaco and Van Persie, who won the Premier League's Golden Boot in successive seasons between 2011 and 2013, says their return was nowhere enough.

"It's not good that a top club like Manchester United does not have a scorer with 20 or more goals behind his name each season and that is why we only finished fourth," he said.

United produced some of their best performances of the season, including the wins over Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City, when Van Persie was sidelined.

And while he had a close relationship with Van Gaal when they were captain and manager of the Netherlands team that finished third in the 2014 World Cup, Van Persie said he understood his bit-part role when he was fit again.

"After I came back from injury I realised that I would not automatically get back in the starting XI," he added. "But I didn't have a problem with that because they were playing well at the time.

"These things happen. We are living in an adult world. Louis van Gaal is not the coach of Robin van Persie but of Manchester United with 25 in the squad."