It’s worth reminding ourselves exactly what Louis van Gaal said when he signed Memphis Depay for Manchester United in 2015.
Memphis was just 21-years-old at the time and arrived from PSV Eindhoven with a burgeoning reputation.
And Van Gaal was very excited to work with the Netherlands international once again.
“I know Memphis well from our time working together in the Netherlands national team,” Van Gaal said, per Man United’s website.
“He is a young versatile player who has the ability to play in a number of different positions.
"It will take time for Memphis to get used to the rhythm of the Premier League but I have no doubt that he has the potential to become a great footballer for this club and he is at the right club to continue the good work he has done so far.”
Those quotes appear rather awkward now, don’t they?
Memphis flopped at Man United, scoring just seven goals in 53 appearances and failing to make an impact under Van Gaal and his successor, Jose Mourinho.
It was clear that the winger needed a change of scenery and he completed a switch to Lyon in January.
Yet even that hasn’t entirely worked out. Memphis won Ligue 1’s Goal of the Year for his stunning 40-yard lob against Toulouse in March but he hasn’t endeared himself to Lyon’s supporters, who threw the 23-year-old’s shirt back at the end of a recent match.
Yet the past few years haven’t knocked Memphis’ confidence in the slightest.
Memphis believes he will play for Real Madrid
Proof of that came when Memphis said in an interview with PSV Supporters that he believes he will one day play for Real Madrid.
Yes, that Real Madrid. The 12-time Champions League winners who currently employ Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos and a dozen other superstars.
"I think I'm going to Real Madrid. Yes, that is a serious goal,” Memphis said, per RMCSport.
"When the time will come? That only God knows. He helps me and takes me there."
Needless to say, fans on Twitter were taken aback by Memphis’ claim. Check out the reaction.
The typical career path for any player who aims to play for Real Madrid would be to make a name at Man United and then secure a huge move to Los Blancos, as Ronaldo did.
But until Memphis begins to impress on a weekly basis at Lyon, his dream of playing in the Bernabeu one day remains very, very fanciful.