Louis van Gaal convinced me to join Manchester United: Memphis Depay
Amsterdam, May 11 (IANS): Dutch football club PSV Eindhoven's Memphis Depay on Monday revealed that a conversation with Louis van Gaal convinced him to join Manchester United instead of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
PSV and the 'Red Devils' last week agreed upon a deal of 27.5million euros for winger Depay.
"I was really close to a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, I know Manchester United were always interested but not concrete. In the last moment, they called my manager and of course I spoke with the trainer Louis van Gaal," Depay was quoted as saying.
"It was a difficult situation, let me say that. But after I spoke with Louis van Gaal I said to myself 'I want to go to Manchester'.
"I'm really proud and I believe that I can be a big player for Manchester and give the people there everything I have," he said.
For PSV's final home fixture of the season, Depay signed off with a scorcher of a free-kick in a 2-0 win over Heracles and the 21-year-old promised to the same at the Old Trafford stadium.
"I train every day on free-kicks, the Manchester United fans can expect something from me in that area. If I get the chance to take free-kicks then I will shoot," he said.
Depay has been compared to compatriot and former PSV midfielder Arjen Robben and admits he wants go on and become one of the best players in the world.
"I know that people talk about me. I believe in myself and I hope I will be able to reach that level," he added.
"I will fight for it and will do my best in every training session to get better. I hope to become one of the big boys in the world, but there is still a lot needed. Now I must go and make the first step (at United)," he said.