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Van Gaal: RVP took bad news well

15 August 2012 12:36

Louis van Gaal has praised Robin van Persie for his reaction to news Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be first-choice striker for the Netherlands.

The Arsenal star had been the Dutch number nine ever since the 2010 World Cup, but failed to replicate his club form for the national side, and will now have to settle for a spot on the bench for a while.

"I had a fantastic conversation with Robin. I had to tell him that his situation has changed and that I prefer Huntelaar for now," Van Gaal told De Telegraaf.

"It was a great talk not just about football, but also about life in general. I was pleasantly surprised. This was probably one of the best conversations I have ever had with a player. It's pretty rare to have such a good talk with a player.

"I told him that the best player plays, but that his situation can quickly change. I am confident that there will be a moment where he pulls us through."

Van Gaal will be in charge of Netherlands for the first time since his return in Wednesday's friendly against Belgium.

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