PSV manager Phillip Cocu has conceded the club will eventually have to sell prized asset Memphis Depay to a side of greater standing, with Manchester United among those to have been linked with the coveted youngster.
Depay was able to enhance his burgeoning reputation at the World Cup this summer, scoring twice for the Netherlands as they clinched third place in the tournament, but PSV managed to retain his services.
It was confirmed in August, shortly before the close of the transfer window, that the 20-year-old had signed a lucrative new four-year contract which, for the time being at least, extinguished the interest of Manchester United and others.
But it would appear inevitable that Depay, who has been compared to none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, will leave Eindhoven at some point in the future and, while Cocu realises this will happen, he is grateful to still have the winger among his number.
"Of course Memphis will be sold, you can't stop that but it's okay," Cocu told Helden magazine.
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"It's great you can build up a player like him, who breaks through, succeeds at PSV then leaves the club when he's ready for a bigger step. That's great.”
It remains unclear if Louis van Gaal had made an approach to bring his former international charge to Old Trafford, although Cocu confirms that there was indeed interest in Depay following his impressive exploits in Brazil.
While Van Gaal may not have been able to recruit the £18 million-rated youngster during his summer of significant spending, Cocu says interested parties will be acquiring a player of superior quality should he make a move once Depay fully develops.
"I really thought it would be the best for him if he stayed here with us,” he added.
"It's important for him to play around fifty matches in a season before he makes the next step.
"Nothing else makes you a better player than a lot of games. He can become way better, he's so explosive."
Depay has scored nine goals in 10 appearances for PSV this season as Cocu’s side have streaked to a four point lead in the Eredivisie, winning their last five games to reinforce their position above champions Ajax.
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