No Italian job in Rome for Van Persie

United striker Robin van Persie
United striker Robin van Persie
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Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has ruled out a move for Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

eports have linked the Holland frontman to a move to Italy, with Lazio and Juventus thought to be among the frontrunners.

Van Persie is entering the final year of his Old Trafford contract and was spotted in Rome this week, leading to speculation that the 31-year-old could join Lazio.

But Lazio sporting director Igli Tare said: “On Van Persie, all I can say is that I respect him as a striker but unfortunately, he is outside our parameters.

“There has never been a meeting, this is gossip, not transfer news.

“We don’t want to create illusions, this is not true.”

Van Persie moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 and scored 26 goals and set up eight more in 38 Premier League appearances in his first season with the team when United won the Premier League title.

The Holland captain has struggled to show the same form the past two years, scoring 12 league goals in the 2013-14 campaign and just 10 in the season just ended.

Van Persie claimed last week while on international duty with Holland that he needed to evaluate his future.

Elsewhere, former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is interested in a return to the club as part of Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff.

Hyypia was linked with the vacant assistant manager’s job after the departure of Colin Pascoe and the Finn would relish a return to Anfield.

Pascoe and first-team coach Mike Marsh lost their jobs last week, after an end-of-season review by the club’s owners. Hyypia said : “It would be great to work for a club which I love.

“I would definitely be interested if Liverpool think I could help them. I have great memories of my time at the club.”