May 13, 2021

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Robin van Persie set to coach his academy starlet son Shaqueel, 14, next season

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Robin van Persie is poised to help out with coaching his prodigy son Shaqueel next season as part of a new role with Feyenoord’s U-16 team, according to reports.

Legendary former Arsenal and Manchester United ace Van Persie took up his first coaching role last May, a year after retiring, as an assistant under Dick Advocaat at the Eredivisie outfit.

Now, it appears the 37-year-old is set to make a move into youth football and, as claimed by Algemeen Dagblad, his brief will see him help his the starlet flourish on his path to senior action.

Robin van Persie is set to help coach his son Shaqueel in his new role with Feyenoord's U-16s

Robin van Persie is set to help coach his son Shaqueel in his new role with Feyenoord’s U-16s

Van Persie is pictured alongside Shaqueel, 14, during a Feyenoord pre-season fixture in August

Van Persie is pictured alongside Shaqueel, 14, during a Feyenoord pre-season fixture in August

Shaqueel, 14, is currently part of the U-15s team at Feyenoord but is widely regarded as one of the greatest talents in the academy.

Such is the opinion of the budding striker, it is likely he will be promoted to the next age group, which is set to be partially led by his father.

The two share a close relationship and have been seen practising and honing their skills in previous heart-warming clips.

Last year, during the height of the coronavirus crisis, Van Persie and Shaqueel kept themselves active by taking part in drills. 

Shaqueel currently plays for Feyenoord's U-15s but has been tipped to shortly take a step up

Shaqueel currently plays for Feyenoord’s U-15s but has been tipped to shortly take a step up

Shaqueel's impressive talent was shown off in a footwork drill alongside his father last year

Shaqueel’s impressive talent was shown off in a footwork drill alongside his father last year 

A video posted on Instagram by Holland great Van Persie showed them lined up on an all-weather pitch at their home. They then showed off some impressive footwork.

Shaqueel’s impressive talent was visible with Van Persie Jr able to keep up for most of the session. 

The youngster has tended to follow in Van Persie’s footsteps during his journey across Europe.

He was part of Fenerbache’s academy from 2015 and spent time at Manchester City before that. 

Van Persie, 37, started his career with Feyenoord and re-joined in 2018 before his retirement

Van Persie, 37, started his career with Feyenoord and re-joined in 2018 before his retirement

Van Persie's first coaching role has seen him help train Feyenoord's strikers this season (above)

Van Persie’s first coaching role has seen him help train Feyenoord’s strikers this season (above)

The father-son teamwork looks set to extend to an official capacity as former Feyenoord talisman Van Persie gains more experience in coaching. 

Holland’s all-time top scorer has helped train the club’s strikers from time to time in his first foray into the other side of the sport.

Van Persie was initially hesitant to label it an ‘official’ gig in an interview confirming his appointment, however.

He will reportedly work under Brian Pinas from the start of the next campaign.

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