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Memphis Depay says Champions League key to future

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Memphis Depay has warned suitors Tottenham and Manchester United that he wants to be play in the Champions League next season.

The rising Dutch star has attracted a host of suitors from across Europe thanks to his performances at the World Cup over the summer and with PSV Eindhoven this term. 

Form

The 20-year-old has already scored 10 goals in the Eredivisie this season in just 13 games and although a January move is unlikely, a summer switch could be on the cards for the youngster who has been billed as the new Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked with the winger in the past. Spurs were keen on taking him over the summer but Depay opted to continue his development in his home country.

Advantage

Manchester United meanwhile have the advantage of having Louis van Gaal, who got the best out of Depay at the World Cup, in charge at Old Trafford. That could be a key boost in the Red Devils' hopes of landing their man, but above all else Depay is chasing Champions League football wherever he ends up.

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He told Voetball International: "Maybe I'll will play in the Champions League next season with PSV, maybe it will be with another beautiful club. I'm not planning anything. I just want to keep taking steps in my career."

As things stand Manchester United are sitting pretty in third place, although just five points separate them from Tottenham down in seventh. Van Gaal's men are in fine form despite their various injury problems and they have lost just one of their last ten league outings.

Race

Tottenham have recovered from a rough patch too and look to be progressing under new boss Mauricio Pochettino; they've lost just two of their last ten and played out a 0-0 draw with Manchester United yesterday at White Hart Lane.

Depay, who was listed amongst the three nominees for the best young player at the World Cup, would likely cost in the region of £18 million.

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