Memphis Depay named most talented youngster in Europe

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Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has topped a poll designed to find the best young player in Europe ahead of new Manchester City signing Raheem Sterling.

The Dutch international arrived at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven earlier this summer for a fee of around £22 million to kickstart manager Louis van Gaal's major summer spending spree.

Depay enjoyed a spectacular final season in the Eredivisie, bagging 22 goals in 30 games to guide his team to the league title. Despite being linked with Tottenham and Liverpool, Depay opted to work under Van Gaal at Old Trafford having been included in the 63-year-old's squad for the World Cup last year during his time in charge of the Netherlands.


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It seems like Manchester United made a wise move in snapping up the 21-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo, after he was named the most promising youngster in Europe by publication France Football.

He was named at the top of list ahead of third-place Sterling who yesterday finalised his £49 million move to Manchester City - more than double the amount Manchester United paid for Depay.

Sterling is the only English player to make the top 10, although both Saido Berahino (14) and Ross Barkley (18) appear further down. Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos bagged the number two spot.

Chelsea youngster Kurt Zouma is the only other Premier League player in the top 10, while Emre Can of Liverpool is No 12. Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj is ranked 41st, while Everton's John Stones is number 30.

Top talent

Noticeable amongst the top ten are Real Madrid and Barcelona wonderkids Martin Odegaard and Alen Halilovic, who have been rated as two of the best youngsters for some time now.

Depay revealed earlier today that he had the chance to join Bayern Munich this summer, but was compelled to join Manchester United because of his relationship with Louis van Gaal.

There were discussions with nearly all the top clubs," he said. "And of course FC Bayern was one of them. But in the end Manchester United came out on top." 

Lured away

The Dutchman added when asked if he was tempted to work with Pep Guardiola: "I can't say who the best coach in the world is. There are definitely a lot of good and well-known managers and Pep Guardiola is certainly one of them.

"But I only spoke to Louis van Gaal and he totally convinced me. He gave me the feeling that I was very important for him not only as a player but also as a person. And then it was clear that I would go to Manchester United."

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