Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Family Van's a Hit on and off the Pitch ; United's Pounds 24m Star Dotes on His Children Couple May Move to Join Cheshire Set

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Family Van's a Hit on and off the Pitch ; United's Pounds 24m Star Dotes on His Children Couple May Move to Join Cheshire Set

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HIS confident swagger, eye for goal and sublime finishing skills have made him into one of European football's hottest properties.

But off the pitch United's Pounds 24m new boy Robin van Persie is a family man who dotes on his children, likes to play table tennis and lets his wife wear the trousers.

The city may be bracing itself for the arrival of the next brash footballer and Wag combo after the Dutch striker ended months of tabloid speculation to move North.

But Pounds 200,000 a week van Persie and stylish other half Bouchra Elbali may disappoint those looking forward to high-profile shenanigans at various swanky city centre nightspots.

The childhood sweethearts have been married for nine years, have two children and have spoken in interviews about the strength of their bond.

Both use Twitter, although van Persie's 2m followers dwarf his wife's 45,000. She describes herself on the social networking site as "The mum of two gorgeous kids and the proud wife of an amazing husband. …

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