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Robin van Persie the latest Red Devil to enroll child at Manchester City’s academy

File picture shows Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrating after scoring against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, in this file picture taken February 10, 2013. Feyenoord have been forced by financial difficulties to focus on youngsters and this season they are battling for their first championship since 1999 with seven players aged between 18 and 23 having come through the academy. In the 1990s left back Giovanni van Bronckhorst broke through from the club’s youth set-up before building an impressive international career. Netherlands striker Robin van Persie also came through Feyenoord’s academy before moving on to Arsenal and then Manchester United. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR ‘LIVE’ SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS


There’s a pretty awkward story in the Manchester Evening News, as star striker Robin van Persie has opted not to enroll his son in his own club’s academy.

Instead, Shaqueel van Persie is reportedly going to train to be a proper footballer at... Manchester City’s academy.

The report says RVP is not the first Red Devil to make that choice, as former player and current coach Phil Neville also has his child training with City.

In any event, it’s unclear whether this is a permanent thing or not.

Both go to training sessions with the Blues although it is not understood that either have actually signed for the club yet. Youngsters cannot do so until the end of their Under 8s season.

Surely it’s not the world’s biggest deal but it’s one of those things that grabs you, at least at surface level. Maybe they don’t want their kids kept our from their shadows as much as humanly possible, and surely it was discussed internally, but it’s weird to read.

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