PSV confirm Memphis Depay chose Manchester United over Liverpool

by Ben Topliss

PSV Eindhoven technical director Marcel Brands has confirmed Memphis Depay rejected a move to Liverpool in order to join Manchester United.

The 21-year-old was strongly linked with both clubs for a number of months but PSV and Man United finally reached an agreement over the player’s transfer on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich were also said to be monitoring the situation but it appears they never firmed up their interest.

Brands stated that Depay preferred to join Louis van Gaal at United due to their good relationship on and off the pitch.

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Speaking about the transfer, Brands said: “Liverpool contacted us and talked with the player. They were also one of the clubs interested but at the end Memphis had the final decision and he chose Manchester United.

“United contacted us a few weeks ago but the direct actions to the club and the player were in the last days and it moved very quickly.

“Louis played a big part in the decision. I worked with Louis for four years myself and I know he was very happy with Memphis after the World Cup and had a lot of confidence in him.

“He is the right coach for Memphis because he’s great with young players who can learn a lot.”

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Depay is believed to have joined United for a fee of around £25m. He has reportedly agreed a four-year deal with an option of a further year.

PSV’s academy is famous for having brought through some of the world’s best players and the signing of Depay is a coup for United. An explosive, tricky winger, Depay’s arrival gives United a big boost offensively and fans have every right to get excited ahead of the next campaign.

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