Ex-Arsenal striker Smith convinced Van Persie won't leave for money

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith doesn't believe Robin van Persie will leave for money .

Van Persie has revealed on his official website he will not extend his contract, which runs out at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Smith does not believe, however, that the Dutchman was swayed to turn his back on the club by the riches the likes of Manchester City can offer.

"From what I have heard from people close to Robin he's not motivated by money," he said.

"I think at his age, he's 28, it's about winning medals. He's in his peak years now. I truly believe in this case he wants to win things in the next few years when he can.

"That doesn't reflect well, of course, on Arsenal. It's really disappointing from Arsenal's point of view.

"But Robin van Persie is looking at the next few years when he's 28, 29, 30; he thinks they can't win trophies. You don't want to say it but you probably have to agree with him."

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