“I have been playing with Dirk Kuyt for the last 10 years and we have spoke about his position at Fenerbahçe,” Van Persie was quoted as saying by Turkish-football.com.
“He has always spoke very, very highly of this football club and everybody involved in it. If you look at the situation now it was very good of him, I have Turkish fans in Manchester and Holland and they gave me their insight about the club.”
As reported by Turkish-football.com’s Emre Sarıgül and the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson last Saturday Kuyt played a major role in Van Persie decision to make the move.
Kuyt spent three seasons at Fenerbahçe after joining on a £1 million move from Liverpool in 2012.
The 34-year-old winger won the Süper Lig and Turkish Cup during his time at the Yellow Canaries. Kuyt was also part of the Fenerbahçe side that reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Europa League.
Van Persie also revealed that Turkish fan culture also played a role in his decision to move to Istanbul.
“My first moment with Fenerbahce was 12 years ago when I had a game here with Feyenoord and that was an incredible moment for me because we have a playoff for the Champions Leaugue and I never ever forgot that. The fans were jumping it felt like the stadium was moving,” he added.