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Monday 26 June 2017

Blind plays down Van Persie and Depay training bust-up

Coach Danny Blind confirmed that Van Persie and Depay clashed in training, but he insisted that the former United and Arsenal striker was omitted from the team due to fitness concerns rather than as a result of his disagreement with Depay
Coach Danny Blind confirmed that Van Persie and Depay clashed in training, but he insisted that the former United and Arsenal striker was omitted from the team due to fitness concerns rather than as a result of his disagreement with Depay

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay (right) 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 yesterday confirmed there had been an incident but was keen to play it down.

Blind 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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