Manchester United flop Memphis Depay is already considering leaving Old Trafford, little more than 12 months after joining the club for £25m.
22-year-old Depay arrived at the club in June 2015 after fending off both Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to sign the Netherlands international, but he has struggled in the Premier League and scored just seven goals in his 15 months in England – of which less than half have come in the league.
Having made just three Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho – all of which have come from the substitutes’ bench – Depay has now revealed that he could be forced to leave the club sooner rather than later in a bid to resurrect his faltering career.
“I am the same person and I know what I want,” Depay tiold Dutch newspaper Metro Nieuws. “A supporting role is not for me. I’m not a player who is happy with the fact that he is under contract with Manchester United.
“This is my dream club, but I want to play.”
Upon his arrival in England last year, Depay admitted that he moved to United to work with “the best manager in the world” in the form of his compatriot Louis van Gaal. The pair had a strong relationship off the field, but Van Gaal was forced to drop him due to his poor former and the emergence of Anthony Martial last season.
That trend has continued under Mourinho, with the Portuguese choosing to deploy Martial and Marcus Rashford ahead of Depay. However, Depay continues to rave about Mourinho and the effect he has had on the club since replacing Van Gaal in the summer.
“The training sessions are going well, I’m sharp and fit, but that applies to everyone,” said Depay. “The level has become higher. Jose Mourinho is a top coach.
“Mourinho has expressed his confidence in me. Personally, but also in the press.”
Yet Depay is refusing to panic about his future, and also said that he will not look to his friends in the United squad, in particular world record signing Paul Pogba.
Memphis Depay has made just three Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho (Getty)
“Paul and I have known each other for a while,” Depay added. “But it is a man’s sport, it’s not as if I need to be comforted. I am still convinced of my abilities.”