Verheijen was part of the Netherlands' coaching staff that went to the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and knows van Persie well.
He is quoted by Four Four Two: "Robin isn't stupid, he knows exactly how late [in his career] it is.
"For years he was at Arsenal winning nothing, and then he made the move to Man United so at least he could win some things in his career because he was already in his late 20s.
"He knew that was not going to happen, so he had to make that move. He made a painful, but brilliant move. He had a very successful first year, wins the title and then thinks 'let's go for the Champions League now'.
"Then, all of a sudden, Ferguson retires."
He continued: "If he had known that was going to happen he still would have left Arsenal, because staying there would mean zero trophies.
"He would definitely have moved but would have more than likely gone to Barcelona or Bayern Munich.”
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