Monday 22 January 2018

Louis Van Gaal: We had to move for £25m Depay before PSG swooped

Manchester United had to move for Memphis Depay before PSG signed him, according to Louis van Gaal
Manchester United had to move for Memphis Depay before PSG signed him, according to Louis van Gaal

Mark Ogden

Louis van Gaal has admitted he was forced to accelerate a £25m move for Memphis Depay in order to prevent the Holland winger signing for Paris Saint-Germain.

PSV Eindhoven youngster Depay has become Manchester United’s first signing of the summer after agreeing a four-year deal at Old Trafford, despite strong interest from PSG and Liverpool.

But Van Gaal, who selected Depay for his Dutch World Cup squad last year, admitted he would have waited until the end of the season to sign the player had PSG not been ready to pounce.

"I have been forced to sign him before the end of this season,” said Van Gaal. "We have to focus on the remaining games but when you sign a new player you can disturb the focus of the current ones.

"But because of the market, we had to handle this because otherwise he would have signed for Paris Saint Germain.

“At that time he was not reached by me. But because of the club's relationship with PSV, I could handle it."

Van Gaal, meanwhile, has confirmed that midfielder Michael Carrick will miss the rest of the season a calf injury.

United have lost all three games without Carrick since the England international suffered the injury against Manchester City last month.

"Carrick is not available, it was more serious than we thought," said van Gaal. "We tried everything but now we have to think about next season. He shall not play anymore this season, it's better now to focus for him on next season and being fit to start.

"When you see the stats, it's clear that he's very important but that's also because we have only right-sided holding midfielder.

“That's what I have been saying already in the whole of the season, that our selection is not balanced, and I want to restore that in the next transfer period.

 “The life is not ending at 34, but for a professional football player, it's close by. That's why I have to handle again in that position."

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