Van Bronckhorst remains mum on RVP speculation

Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has denied Fenerbahce forward Robin van Persie will arrive at the Eredivisie Champions as the marquee off-season signing.

Van Persie, 33, graduated from Varkenoord in 2001 and went on to represent De Stadionclub for three seasons, before earning a £2.75 million to English Premier League side Arsenal in 2004 – which was the start of a distinguished European career.

After 11 seasons in the English top-flight and the past two in the Süper Lig with Ferner, the 101-time capped Netherlands international has been heavily linked with a return to the Eredivisie.

The Oranje's all-time record goalscorer with 50 strikes would no doubt add invaluable experience to Van Bronckhorst's youthful side, who will be looking to retain their league title and compete in the UEFA Champions League amongst Europe's elite club's.

"I can't say much about Robin van Persie naturally people read a lot and it is no secret that we think Robin is a fantastic player who would be welcome here at Feyenoord with his quality and experience," he told NOS. "But at the moment we have nothing to report."

While the former Netherlands defender denied an imminent return of Van Persie, the promising tactician revealed Watford forward Steven Berghuis is returning to the club. 

"We are very close to signing Steven Berghuis and I hope we can finalise that in the coming days," he said about the 25-year-old who scored eight goals and registered seven assists in 37 games last season.

"I am satisfied with our transfer window. We have brought in quality players in the positions we felt needed to be strengthened."

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