Wednesday 26 October 2016

Memphis Depay: Louis van Gaal convinced me to snub Bayern bid

Depay and LVG
Depay and LVG

Memphis Depay has claimed that Louis van Gaal convinced him to move to Manchester United and reject interest from several top European clubs, including Bayern Munich.

The 21-year-old left PSV this summer to join the Red Devils on a four-year deal for a fee in believed to be in the region of £22.3 million.

Paris Saint-Germain have previously claimed that Manchester United hijacked their deal for the Netherlands international and Depay has revealed that there was plenty of interest in his signature.

"There were discussions with nearly all the top clubs," he said.

"And, of course, Bayern was one of them but, in the end, Manchester United came out on top." Van Gaal had spoken to Depay to advise him to stay at PSV for one more year before moving and the forward says that his new coach convinced him to move to Old Trafford.

"I can't say who the best coach in the world is," Depay replied when asked if he was tempted to work with Bayern boss Pep Guardiola.

"There are definitely a lot of good and well-known managers and Pep Guardiola is certainly one of them.

"But I only spoke to Louis van Gaal and he totally convinced me. He gave me the feeling that I was very important for him not only as a player but also as a person - and then it was clear that I would go to Manchester United."

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