Robin van Persie excited by Real Madrid clash

Robin van Persie celebrates scoring the first for United on November 28, 2012
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Robin van Persie says that he cannot wait to play at the Santiago Bernabeu when Manchester United face Real Madrid in the Champions League knockout stages.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed his excitement at the prospect of facing Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Having topped Group H, United were drawn against Group D runners-up Madrid in the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition.

The first leg of the tie comes next Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Van Persie admits that he cannot wait to make the trip.

"The match against Madrid is the icing on the cake for every footballer," said Van Persie.

"It will be my first game at the Bernabeu - and I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a very nice challenge with the group of players we have.

"Manchester United are a big club and being in the last 16 is already beautiful even without the prospect of playing Real Madrid."

The Dutchman previously played against the La Liga champions when Arsenal defeated the Spanish outfit 1-0 at the 2008 Emirates Cup.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie celebrates with teammates during his sides match against Liverpool on 13 January, 2013
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