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Nov 11, 2011

RVP talks to take place next year

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood remains hopeful Robin van Persie will commit his future to the club but said contract talks will not take place until next year.

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Van Persie, 28, is out of contract in June 2013 and has been guarded about his long-term plans as the Gunners go through a transitional phase.

"He doesn't want to talk about it at the moment and we are not troubling him," Hill-Wood told the Daily Star. "I think we will approach him near the end of the season.

"But we obviously hope that he will sign a new contract - I don't see why he should not. I can't believe he is unhappy with us."

Van Persie, named club captain following the departure of Cesc Fabregas, was involved in controversy in his early career but Hill-Wood feels he has matured since moving to England.

He said: "I think he is a decent fellow. He was quite difficult at Feyenoord, but we have had no trouble with him."

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