Private talks with Louis van Gaal have convinced Memphis Depay to consider staying at PSV Eindhoven for another season in order to wait for a move to Manchester United in 2015, reports Goal.
Depay has attracted interest from around Europe following his impressive displays for Holland in the World Cup. PSV have desperately tried to fend off interest by slapping an £18 million price tag on his head, but speculation over his future remains.
Tottenham have been tracking the 20-year-old, dubbed the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo', and were considering a bid this summer. However, Van Gaal may have got there first.
But instead of Van Gaal offering him a place in his Manchester United squad now, the former Holland manager has advised the youngster to reject any advances and remain in the Eredivisie for one more season.
If Depay does decide to stay, Van Gaal has told him there is a good chance he will make an effort to bring him to Old Trafford next summer. The youngster has been tempted and is now considering his future.
Van Gaal admiration
Van Gaal saw first hand the quality Depay showed in Holland's run to the semi-finals and subsequent third place finish. The winger appeared four times in the tournament, leaving a lasting impression on the Red Devils boss.
In privately held talks, Van Gaal told the player that he is unlikely to make a move for the star this summer, but will continue to track his progress throughout next season if he does stay. There are, as of yet, no guarantees on Depay's final decision.
Real Madrid threat
Rejecting Tottenham may prove easy for Depay. The difference between White Hart Lane and Old Trafford is significant. However, Depay's dilemma could be made all the more harder if Real Madrid consider making a move.
Carlo Ancelotti's side have been linked with interest and would have the pulling power to convince Depay to ignore Van Gaal's advice. A comforting fact for Manchester United fans is that Real Madrid have seemingly exhausted their budget after signing Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
Depay scored 12 goals in 32 appearances for PSV last season. He followed that up with two goals and one assist during the World Cup.