Friend Reveals Advice He Gave to £25m Star Over Man Utd Transfer
Memphis Depay ignored the advice of fellow countryman Eljero Elia, who tried to convince him to join Tottenham Hotspur, before making his move to Manchester United.
The Dutchman joined United from PSV Eindhoven for £25m in 2015 but has failed to reproduce the form that led the Manchester club to fend off other clubs for his signature. Depay has made just four Premier League appearances, as a substitute, under Jose Mourinho.
Feyenoord winger Elia has revealed that he attempted to convince Depay to sign for a club with lesser expectations, so that he wouldn’t put so much pressure on himself.
Elia, who was on loan at Southampton last season but failed to shine, said, as reported by the Daily Star: “I thought Memphis first had to make a stop, first choose a club like Tottenham Hotspur. United are so big, the pressure is so high. He had to immediately make an impact at such a club, while everyone would watch him.
“Memphis accepted my opinion but said: ‘I’ll try to give my all and I’m confident that I can succeed there.’”
Depay has been an almighty flop since making the step up to compete in the English top flight, after appearing such a dominant figure in the Eredivisie.
His attitude and devotion to becoming a well-rounded wide man has been called into question on a number of occasions, and while his attacking attributes have sparsely been on show.
The Dutchman scored two goals in 29 league appearances last campaign and is yet to record a goal or an assist this time around.
If Mourinho continues to prefer the likes of Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford then Depay may see his time at United come to abrupt halt, although he has time on his side at the age of 22.