Memphis Depay has explained why he took the decision to leave PSV Eindhoven and join Manchester United.
Man United announced they had reached an agreement with PSV over the transfer of Depay early on Thursday.
The winger reportedly had a choice between United and Liverpool but eventually made the decision to move to Old Trafford.
Depay admitted it wasn’t an easy one to make but that he simply couldn’t refuse to join his “dream club” United.
Speaking about the transfer, Depay said: “It was an exciting and pretty hectic period, and to have a choice between so many top clubs doesn’t make it any easier. For me, Manchester United is an absolute dream club, so I didn’t need any convincing of the guys who already play at Manchester United.
“They told me only positive things though, and I’m looking forward to playing with my Dutch teammates next to all the other great players of Manchester United. And working with manager Louis van Gaal again is also a big bonus.”
When asked if other clubs were interested, Depay said: “Yes, but you shouldn’t believe all the rumours in the media. In the end it was just a matter of feeling, not a matter of money.
“I’ve learned so much at PSV, not only on the pitch but also as a person. That makes me grateful, but I really felt it was time for me to move on. And you can’t deny the interest of a club like Manchester United. I’m proud of winning the title with PSV. It’s something the fans deserved, and something I wanted so bad as well. I wish the club all the best for coming season, and hopefully they’re lifting a trophy again next year.”
It appears that Depay’s good relationship with van Gaal may have been the deciding factor when it came to his future.
The 63-year-old is said to be something of a father figure to him and the pair worked together with the Dutch national team at the World Cup. Van Gaal will know exactly how to get the best out of Depay while also keeping his feet on the ground. The hope for United fans is that the signing is the first of many.