Chelsea favourite Ruud Gullit has warned Manchester United and Tottenham target Memphis Depay against a move to the Premier League this summer, suggesting that the wing wizard should remain at PSV Eindhoven for at least one more season.
The Daily Mail carries quotes from the Dutch legend advising the 20-year-old attacking midfielder to snub the advances of English suitors in favour of staying at the Philips Stadion where he can continue his development with the guarantee of regular first-team football.
Depay rose to prominence at the World Cup in Brazil after impressing in Louis van Gaal's Netherlands team, and has consequently been linked with a move to Old Trafford, where the former Holland head coach has taken over.
The new Red Devils boss is believed to be in the market for a wide-man, and has been credited with an interest in bringing the player - dubbed as the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo' in his homeland - to Manchester.
Spurs have also been monitoring Depay's situation in Eindhoven, with Mauricio Pochettino mooted as another admirer of the Eredivisie talent. However, his hopes of luring the youngster to White Hart Lane have also been dealt a blow following Gullit's recent comments.
The former Chelsea manager - who played and coached at Stamford Bridge - pointed to a number of other PSV graduates, like current Blues defender Nathan Ake, as examples of players that should've stayed put rather than seeking a big club move too soon.
Ake's decision to transfer to west London early in his career has ultimately stalled his development, and Gullit doesn't want Depay to make the same mistake by being attracted to the bright lights of Manchester United or Tottenham this summer.
Ruud Gullit quotes:
"His peers, such as Karim Rekik or Nathan Ake, prove how it can go if you do not play at clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City," he explained in an interview with the Algemeen Dagblad.
"You can fall behind in just two years. Depay has clearly come back with confidence from the World Cup. But I hope that he stays at PSV."
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future Depay did feature for Phillip Cocu's side in PSV's 3-1 opening day victory over Willem II, scoring twice to help ensure a perfect start to the 2014/15 campaign.
His performance is sure to encourage potential suitors to make a formal bid before the transfer window closes, but Gullit will be hoping that Depay reconsiders his options and decides he will be better served staying in Holland.
"When I think back to my early days, when I was as young as Depay, I learned from fellow players who had children," he continued. "These were the men who put me on the horse and also knocked me down when needed.
"Who will do that now with Depay? All the players he looks up to as examples all play abroad."