Thursday 8 December 2016

Memphis Depay: Why I chose Manchester United over Liverpool

Published 07/05/2015 | 16:29

Memphis Depay of PSV in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven
Memphis Depay of PSV in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven

Memphis Depay described Manchester United as 'an absolute dream club' after agreeing to join Louis van Gaal's side on Thursday.

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Depay will move from PSV Eindhoven in June once the transfer window opens, subject to a medical, and the 21-year-old has explained why he is making the move.

"It was an exciting and pretty hectic period, and to have a choice between so many top clubs doesn't make it any easier," Depay said.

"For me, Manchester United is an absolute dream club, so I didn't need any convincing of the guys who already play at Manchester United.

"They told me only positive things though, and I'm looking forward to playing with my Dutch teammates next to all the other great players of Manchester United. And working with manager Louis van Gaal again is also a big bonus."

On turning down Liverpool, and the other clubs chasing his signature, Depay said: "Yes [there were other clubs interested], but you shouldn't believe all the rumors in the media. In the end it was just a matter of feeling, not a matter of money."

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The Dutch international also paid tribute to PSV and thanked the club for helping him in his development. "I've learned so much at PSV, not only on the pitch but also as a person," Depay continued.

"That makes me grateful, but I really felt it was time for me to move on. And you can't deny the interest of a club like Manchester United.

"I’m proud of winning the title with PSV. It’s something the fans deserved, and something I wanted so bad as well.

"I wish the club all the best for coming season, and hopefully they’re lifting a trophy again next year."

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