Manchester United bound winger Memphis Depay is heading to Old Trafford with the ambition of becoming one of the world’s best players, just like former United hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
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And yesterday, he gave one of the biggest indications that he may be able to reach the heights scaled by the Portuguese star, as he scored an awesome free-kick from around 30 yards to open the scoring in one of his final appearances for current side PSV Eindhoven, as they went on to beat Heracles 2-0 in the penultimate game of the season. The Eredivisie title had already been wrapped up, largely thanks to the 21-year-old, who is the league’s top goalscorer with 22 strikes to his name.
According to The Sun, he is heading to the Premier League with the ambition of taking his obvious talent, and using it to become a star of the game.
“Ronaldo is someone I watch, I watch all the big players. I look up to them and I can learn from them. I am down to earth and I hope I can reach that level,” he said.
However, Depay revealed that his future could have been very different, and been spent in Ligue 1 rather than the Premier League, with Paris Saint-Germain interested in bringing him to the club. Luckily, a phone call from Louis van Gaal – who Depay worked with at last year’s World Cup – persuaded him to follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps and join United.
“The transfer to PSG was really close. I always knew United were interested but it was nothing concrete. Then at the last moment they called and I spoke with their coach,” he added.
“It was a difficult situation but, after I spoke to Louis van Gaal, I said, ‘I am going to go to Manchester’,” he concluded.
But could he be doing it in Ronaldo’s former shirt? The Sun report that Depay was hopeful that the famous number 7 could become his.
“It’s a dream, we will see,” Depay said.
The news is unlikely to please Angel Di Maria, who is the current holder of the number. The Argentinian has had a difficult first season since he moved to England, and The Sun suggest that his future at Old Trafford is in some doubt.