Van Persie: I love playing with 'fantastic' Robben

The Bayern Munich star has been exceptional for Netherlands so far at the World Cup and his attacking partner admits he relishes their time on the pitch

Robin van Persie has praised Arjen Robben following the Bayern Munich man’s brilliant performances in the Netherlands’ two World Cup matches so far.

Louis van Gaal’s side have enjoyed an excellent start to the tournament and have already sealed qualification to the last 16 following a 5-1 victory against world champions Spain and a 3-2 triumph over Australia.

Van Persie and Robben have been key figures in both matches, contributing to six goals across the two games, and the Manchester United striker has taken the time to praise Robben for his scintillating form.

“Arjen is a fantastic footballer and I love playing with him,” he said.

“For us, it’s a little more difficult, because we both have a more central role to play, but it works because we have scored six times and hopefully we can continue in that fashion.

“He is unpredictable for the opponent, but not for me and the team.

“You can see all sides with him. He is quick, can score goals and provide assists.”

The Dutch meet Chile on Monday at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. While both sides are already through to the last 16, the pair will be playing to avoid a potential meeting with Brazil in the knockout stages.

Robben will have a chance to add to his haul in the final group game, but captain Van Persie misses out having picked up bookings against both Spain and Australia.

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