Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Memphis Depay’s absence from the Manchester United squad is nothing but a result of the player’s determination to leave Old Trafford.
Depay, a £25 million summer signing from PSV Eindhoven in 2015, has only started one senior game under Mourinho this term – the EFL Cup tie at Northampton Town on September 21. Apart from that, he has made four substitute appearances, a total of 20 minutes in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old has been completely overlooked since his eight-minute outing off the bench against Feyenoord in the Europa League on November 24 and.
Everton and AS Roma have already shown their interest in him, while Mourinho has made it clear that he must accept his place down the pecking order after stating he wants to leave.
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“In the past couple of months, my decisions in relation to Memphis were influenced by the feelings and information that he would like to leave in January and that we were going to have a real offer that we would be willing to accept,” Mourinho told during a news conference.
“That obviously influences me. We had this conversation with a few players and we left things very, very clear. If I know, if I have the feeling that a player is leaving, I have to give chances to and develop other players.
“So then I go to [Jesse] Lingard, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, [Anthony] Martial, the players I know 100 percent are going to stay with us. And it is also a position where we have more options.
“Memphis was not playing last season. It was not that last season he was playing phenomenally and now this season he is not playing at all. That’s not the situation.”