Louis van Gaal: I was 'forced' to sign Memphis Depay early

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Louis van Gaal has revealed to the press that he did not want to make a move for the Dutch star Memphis Depay until Manchester United had finished their season, but went on to claim he was forced into completing the deal early to avoid Paris Saint-Germain from signing the 21-year-old winger.

No distractions

Two weeks ago United announced the signing of the Holland international from PSV, but with Van Gaal’s side currently in contention for a potential third place finish, and in with a chance of getting to avoid European play-off qualifiers in August, Van Gaal stated he did not want the distraction of transfers before the end of their season.

“I have been forced to sign him. I don’t want to sign him before the end of the season,” said Van Gaal.

“We have to focus on our games. When you sign a player you disturb the focus of your present group of players.

“The coming matches are very important for Manchester United and for all of the players. But because of the market, I have to handle – I must handle it – because otherwise he would have signed for PSG. That is why I signed Memphis.”

Depay quotes

Depay himself insists he is enthusiastic about the transfer: "I'm looking forward to trying to prove myself; I know it's a tough league. A lot of Dutch players have played in the Premier League and I have spoken to them, and I'm very excited.”

His arrival is set to signal the beginning of a potentially massive summer spending spree, with names like Mats Hummels, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Hugo Lloris and Nathaniel Clyne all linked with possible transfers to the Red Devils.

The PSV star this week flew into Manchester and completed his medical, thus ensuring that the transfer is all but complete. 

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