Memphis Depay and Robin van Persie were involved in a minor bust-up over recent days, but it’s understood that the Manchester United stars of present and past have since spoken about the incident.
This is according to football journalist Elko Born - via a host of Dutch media outlets, including the reliable Voetbal International - who quotes Danny Blind, the Netherlands national team manager, as saying they “have talked about it”.
It’s currently unclear what caused the argument between Memphis and Van Persie, although Born speculates that the latter might be frustrated with his role as a substitute.
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Van Persie, who left Manchester United in the summer, played the final three minutes of the Netherlands’ 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan on Saturday.
Memphis, meanwhile, played the full 90 minutes and is also expected to start against Czech Republic tomorrow night.
Van Persie is going through a tough time
It’s been a hugely frustrating couple of months for Van Persie, whose reputation as a footballer has nose-dived since the end of the 2012-13 campaign.
The 32-year-old left United in July after Louis van Gaal informed the striker he was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, but he is reportedly far from happy at Fenerbahce.
Van Persie arrived at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, expecting to play every week, but his performances haven’t been up to scratch - despite the fact he has scored a reasonable four goals in his first 10 appearances for the Turkish giants.
He was named amongst the subs for the fixture against Akhisar Belediyespor before the international break and, needless to say, the two-time Premier League Player of the Year was not impressed.
It might all be getting a bit too much for Van Persie, who appears to be in steep decline, and perhaps it was Memphis who received the brunt of the former United star’s anger in training.
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