Friday, April 20, 2018

‘Dream chaser’ Depay believes he can be one of the best players in the world

Holland international forward Memphis Depay is determined to become one of the world's best players at Manchester United.

Holland international forward Memphis Depay is determined to become one of the world’s best players at Manchester United.

Depay, 21, has agreed to join United in the summer after a stunning season in the Dutch Eredivisie in which he bagged 22 goals and four assists in 29 league appearances and helped PSV Eindhoven win the league title.

“‘Dream chaser’ stands for me chasing my dreams,” Depay said. “I believe I can be one of the best players in the world and I have to dream and believe to achieve. It is tattooed on my chest.

“You just have to work every day on your dreams. My dreams started with going to the World Cup and then when I was there I scored two goals – becoming the youngest ever Dutch goalscorer – and I was very happy.

“But when the World Cup was finished, I realised that was not it. I had to take more on to the pitch – there was more to do.

“So after the World Cup, in pre-season, I spoke to my manager and said I have to keep focused. Scoring in the World Cup was good but not the end of it. Now I am on fire.”

Despite impressing at last summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, Depay opted to stay at PSV, a decision which was aided by advice from then Oranje boss Louis van Gaal, who is currently in charge at Old Trafford.

The duo will link up against next season after Van Gaal swooped for the 21-year-old amid reported interest from Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.

“He is different,” Depay said of Van Gaal. “His performance on the training ground is different from other trainers.

“After the World Cup, he told me to stay hungry and I told myself to stay hungry. When I made the decision to stay, I wanted to be a champion and top scorer. I set those goals and I hope to achieve them.

“It will be great to have an opportunity to train with him and work with him. Of course, I am looking forward to it.

“I want to improve myself but Dutch players have played also in the Premier League and I spoke with many of them. I believe I can be a big player in the Premier League and I showed my ability in the World Cup.

“I am very excited. I was always reading about the Premier League. It has been a big dream and one that came true. But it is not the end of the dream, it is just starting.”


Shawn Etemadi



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