Dutch Eredivisie legend Robin van Persie has disclosed that he rejected a number of offers to keep playing football.
The 35-year-old announced his retirement from professional football at the end of the recent 2018/19 season in which he helped Feyenoord finish third in the Eredivisie.
Van Persie became the oldest player in Eredivisie history with two goals in a Klassieker (35 years, 174 days) when he netted a brace against Ajax Amsterdam in January 2019.
The former Manchester United and Arsenal star spoke to RTV Rijnmond about turning down offers.
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“From a number of countries; Coincidentally not China. But I cut it off right away. My agent told me and I immediately said: I don’t need to hear it anymore,” he said.
Van Persie has had time to play tennis and exercise in the gym as he enjoys his retirement having started his professional career in 2001.
“I played a good game of tennis and swam. I also did some exercises in the gym, so I am enjoying myself," he added.
“I actually do more now than I did as a football player in my vacation. A little more sushi goes in and things like that. I have a few more cheat days.”
Van Persie, who is a retired striker, played an important role in helping Feyenoord win the KNVB Cup, Johan Cruyff Shield and UEFA Cup.