Memphis Depay has experienced a difficult first season at Manchester United but arrived from PSV Eindhoven last summer with so much expectation attached to him.
That much is evident from the contract he was offered by the Premier League club, which has now been leaked online by cage-rattlers Football Leaks.
The website, which has made headlines after publishing confidential transfer agreements from all over the football world, had already leaked the transfer agreement between United and PSV. Now, they have released the contract that Depay received – and it is massive.
The 22-year-old currently earns £5.2million-a-year (£100,000-a-week) but will see that wage drop to £3.9m-a-year (£75,000-a-week) if United do not qualify for the Champions League next season.
However, even if Manchester United fail to qualify for Europe's elite competition, he can still supplement his wages by activating a large number of bonus clauses. For example, Depay gets £20,000 for every start he makes with an extra £250,000 one-off bonus for every 20 starts.
Ballon d'Or and PFA
Although it may seem a long way off for the Netherlands international at the moment, he will also earn £1m if he wins the Ballon d'Or trophy at any point during the contract, £500,000 for a podium appearance and £100,000 for being shortlisted.
He will also earn £500,000 for winning the PFA Player of the Year award and £100,000 for being named in the PFA Team of the Year. Neither of which are likely to come to fruition this season, however.
Depay will need to vastly improve next season if he is to get that sweet £500,000 loyalty bonus, which is only activated if he is still at the club in September 2018. On current form, he will likely find himself sold off long before then. He has lost his place to youngster Marcus Rashford and has been an unused substitute in each of Manchester United's last three games.
While he retains a notable amount of talent, Depay's ego appears to have stopped him reaching it. Indeed, he has made more headlines for garish wardrobe choices and flash motors than what he has produced on the football pitch.
He can live a cosy life on his wage at Old Trafford but if he fails to improve, it will become the biggest contract he ever signs.
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