LONDON: Manchester United’s Holland striker Robin Van Persie has said he would be happy to sign a contract extension with the Premier League champions.

Van Persie’s current contract expires in 2016 but, in an interview with United Review, the club’s official programme, he distanced himself from speculation that he might be heading out of Old Trafford this summer.

He said: “I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch. They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care… and a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right. So I don’t mind that.

“What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions, or interpret things as if they are me.

‘The truth’

“Last time I checked my head was still attached to my body, so I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading.

“The truth is I’m very happy here at this club. I signed for four years and I’d be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract.

“This is how I feel, although it’s not what has been suggested in the media.”