Van Persie won’t let shirt sales go to his head

Robin van Persie has sold more named shirts than any other footballer in the Premier League this year, but he won’t let the extra attention detract from his concentration on the pitch, reports The Mirror.

Van Persie’s name and number was on more than a whopping 25% of personalized Premier League shirts – beating Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard into second by some considerable distance, as the popular Liverpool veteran culled some 8.2%.

The Holland striker is said to have rejected a number of highly lucrative sponsorship offers in the weeks since his 30 goals helped Man United regain the Premier League title, having been targeted by a number of Asian marketing men during Holland’s tour of the Far East.

The Mirror claims the 29-year-old was offered “more than five sponsorship deals, each worth seven figures” – but turned them all down in order to continue concentrating on his playing career.

He recently spoke about how he hopes to continue improving as a player, firing a warning to Premier League defenders around the country that we may not have seen the best of the Golden Boot winner yet.

Van Persie said of his popularity: “I have discovered that I have now reached a new stage of my career. I have just spent almost two weeks in Asia with the Holland national team and I have been absolutely amazed by the level of my own popularity over there. I have been getting some ­incredible commercial offers, but I have decided to skip them all.

“I looked at my schedule of ­travelling and the amount of ­matches I have to play and decided my football and my fitness comes first, not money. After the Asia tour with Holland, I will have to travel again to Asia and Australia with Manchester United next month.

“In between, big companies ­wanted me to spend more time in Thailand, Malaysia, China and a few more countries. The opportunities for me were incredible. But I feel I need every moment to rest so I can peak again as a player in the new season. I do admit that I gave it a bit of thought for a moment, but when I saw the schedule for the next few months and new season, ending with the World Cup, I decided to skip all the commercial avenues.”

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