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Van Persie urged to stick with Arsenal by his MUM!

Robin Van Persie has been told he must remain at Arsenal this summer – by his mother the Sun are reporting.

Speculation linking the Dutchman away from the Emirates Stadium has rapidly increased in the last couple of weeks after his representatives held preliminary talks with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger over a new long-term contract.

Van Persie, who is currently with the Holland squad as they continue their preparations for Euro 2012, scored 30 goals last season to secure automatic qualification to the Champions League for Wenger’s side ahead of rivals Tottenham.

His current deal runs out in 12-months and rumours are circulating that Premier League champions Manchester City are already preparing to swoop should he reject the Gunners’ offer of an extension and choose to leave North London.

However it’s reported that Gazidis is prepared to tempt the 28-year-old into staying by making him the highest paid player at the club with a salary of £130,000-per-week with a re-signing bonus of £5 million on top.

And his mum Jose has advised him to accept the offer and remain in North London.

She said: “Arsenal love him and that’s a great incentive to stay. Arsenal are a fantastic club.

“They have no debts and Robin is idolised there.”

La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also chasing Van Persie’s signature along with City but he’s also been instructed by his wife to stay at Arsenal for his family’s sake.

Bouchra Van Persie believes her husband owes the club after they stuck by him during several long-term injury lay-offs and bouts of bad form.

“Arsenal showed faith in Robin when he was going through a lean time, so we should not repay them by thinking about other clubs.” She said.

“Our life and our children are happy in London.”

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