His ‘training has been poor’; Mourinho plans to sell

Date published: Thursday 3rd November 2016 9:18

Memphis Depay (l): Could be sold

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will attempt to offload Memphis Depay in January, according to a report.

The 22-year-old did not travel to Turkey for Thursday’s Europa League clash at Fenerbahce and Mourinho is now ready to “listen to offers” for the Dutch forward, say The Sun.

Memphis was a £25million signing from PSV Eindhoven in 2015, but he has failed to make his mark at Old Trafford and recently his “training has been poor”.

He has not started a Premier League game this season and has appeared for just 20 minutes in the Premier League in four substitute appearances. He has made only one start under Mourinho and six as a sub and he was also left out of the squad for last season’s FA Cup final and high-profile Premier League games against Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea this term.

Memphis, who “has angered his United team-mates with his arrogant behaviour”, has been linked with moves to Roma and AC Milan and his former coach Dick Advocaat has urged him to move on.

The potential is there for him to be a good player,” said Fenerbahce boss Advocaat, who handed Memphis his PSV debut in 2012. “You cannot lose that, he has the quality to be a top player.

“But the problem is for him is that there are so many quality players in that squad, so for himself it’s important to start playing regularly at the age he’s at.

“Otherwise, the way I think is that maybe he has to find another solution [club], because he’s too good to sit on the bench.

“I still believe in him. He has the right mentality and the right character to play for United, but there are so many options there.

“Regular playing time [elsewhere] will help his progression.”


According to reports in Italy Milan are considering a £24million January move for the player.

Italian website CalcioMercatoWeb claim AC Milan are prepared to offer Memphis an escape route in the January transfer window.

In March Memphis admitted he though former United boss Louis van Gaal had lost faith in him.

“The national team boss [Danny Blind] gives me a lot of support.

“He has confidence in me. And that makes me really grateful towards him.”

Asked if he still felt the same support and confidence in him at United, Memphis paused before saying: “Only sometimes.”

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