With him set to move to Manchester United this coming summer, young winger Memphis Depay admits that he nearly joined another team during the race to sign him up.
“The transfer to PSG was really close,” Depay said of the offer coming from Paris Saint Germain. “I always knew United were interested but it was nothing concrete. Then at the last moment they called and I spoke with their coach.”
Manchester and Depay’s Eredivise home team PSV Eindhoven earlier announced they have come to an agreement about the player’s transfer for a £25 million fee. However, PSG was said to be leading the pack of teams wishing to get the talented 21-year old into their ranks. Sources claimed that United manager Louis van Gaal played no small role in convincing him to go to the Red Devils.
Van Gaal later admitted his part, saying that he had to act quickly to secure the youngster. The 63-year old manager coached Depay during his international debut with the Dutchnational squad in last year’s World Cup. The youngster expressed his excitement for the chance to work with his mentor once again.
Depay also said that he is looking forward to playing with his new squad and contributing to its success. He adds that moving to Old Trafford was always something that he had always wanted to do. “I said to myself when I was 12, ‘I want to play there.’ It’s a dream come true,” he remarked.
When asked who among Europe’s top player he looks up to, Depay enthusiastically picked Cristiano Ronaldo. The young winger related that he has been following the Real Madrid star ever since he was in the youth teams. He also remarked that he wishes to be in the same calibre as the star, for which Depay said he always tries to exert his best efforts during training and the actual games.