Thursday 17 August 2017

Holland coach plays down Memphis Depay and Robin van Persie disagreement

Manchester United signed Memphis Depay over the summer.
Manchester United signed Memphis Depay over the summer.

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has been involved in a spat with former Red Devils striker Robin van Persie during a Holland training session.

Following reports of a bust-up occurring between the pair prior to Saturday's 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan, Dutch national team boss Danny Blind on Monday confirmed there had been an incident but was keen to play it down.

Blind, quoted by www.telegraaf.nl, said: "There are sometimes situations in training where players think different.

"Then you talk about it. That's what happened and then it's over."

Blind, whose son is Depay's United team-mate Daley Blind, also stressed the episode had had no role in his decision to leave Van Persie out of his starting XI for the Kazakhstan game.

Van Persie - his country's all-time top-scorer with 49 goals in what is now 100 caps following his late substitute appearance on Saturday - left United to join Fenerbahce in July, a month after Depay's arrival at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven.

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