Memphis Depay might be joining Manchester United this year but as Dutch journalist Thijs Slegers explains, the 21-year-old will be leaving a lasting legacy at PSV.
In an interview with Manutd.com, Slegers commented on Depay’s hardworking nature and also drew comparisons between him and former Man United winger, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Slegers, who has seen Depay at close quarters, explained how he is someone who PSV want their younger players to emulate for years to come.
“He has been working hard in the gym since being in the youth department of PSV and this summer the club are going to build a new gym for the youth in Eindhoven,” Depay said.
“One of the things they have planned is to have Memphis’ personal best next to each machine, because he has set a lot of records. They’ve made Memphis the standard to aim for.”
It is a huge compliment for Depay and will only help boost his confidence before joining up with the United squad.
As Depay has grown as a player, comparisons have been drawn between him and some of the world’s best players, including his fellow countryman Arjen Robben.
However, Stegers disagrees with these, feeling his style of play is more similar to a former United legend.
He added: “I don’t agree with the Robben comparison. Memphis is a little bit like Cristiano; they have similar qualities, although there are of course areas where Memphis is inferior. However, his determination to be the best is where I see the real similarity with Cristiano.”
Stegers joins a long list of people to reference the work Depay does off the pitch and his ambition to become one of the best players in the world.
Should Depay continue this throughout his United career, there is no reason he can’t reach the same standard Ronaldo did during his time at the club.