Manchester United recently became one of first top clubs to announce their first major signing of the summer.
They moved in quickly to seal the £ 25 million capture ofMemphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven. Manager Louis van Gaal revealed that United had to be swift in the negotiations since Paris St Germain were showing a lot of interest in the winger.Depay is regarded as one of the top young talents in the world and the amount of confidence that United have in the player is shown by the mammoth transfer fee that they have paid for him.
Van Gaal says that his relationship with PSV Eindhoven helped United complete the deal much quicker than PSG. While he is aware thatDepay is a great talent, he has also requested patience from the United faithful. He says that it will be awhile before the Dutch international gets accustomed to life at Old Trafford. It is not easy to represent a top club like United, who have returned to the Champions League after just one season absence. Van Gaal says that it was very important that United brought in top young players likeDepay, as they represent the future.
The 21-year-old scored 28 goals in the Dutch league last season.”Memphis Depay [is] a young player who has come through the PSV academy system.I worked with Memphis during last summer’s World Cup with the Netherlands and he has great potential.The plan is to help him develop as a player, but we must all be patient. The Premier League is very different from any other league and it will take time for him to fully adapt to the pace and unforgiving nature of football in this country.Youth is very important to this club and is a very big part of my philosophy as a manager,” said Van Gaal.