Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool didn’t want Man United signing Memphis Depay
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the Reds weren't interested in signing new Man United recruit Memphis Depay
Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool were never interested in signing Memphis Depay.
Manchester United confirmed on Thursday afternoon that they had sealed a deal with PSV Eindhoven to sign the Eredivisie winner pending the successful completion of a medical at their Carrington training ground.
We’ll have other priorities that we’re looking at over the course of the summer
The Reds manager was reported to have met the Netherlands international in a bid to convince the winger to join the 18-time English champions before United announced the reported £25m deal yesterday.
However, Rodgers was keen to play down Liverpool’s rumoured interest in the Dutch youngster despite PSV chief Marcel Brands claiming the Reds were leading the race to sign the forward last month.
“He was never one that we were ever interested,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference at Melwood on Friday morning.
“He’s obviously a young, talented player but we already have four wingers at the club. We’ve got young Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.
“We’ll have other priorities that we’re looking at over the course of the summer but as you can tell, with the number of players that we have in those positions, wide players and in particular on the left side – we’ve got Raheem and Adam who play there – we’re quite well stocked with those players.”
Depay scored 22 goals in 28 Eredivise appearances last season as the Dutch forward helped fire PSV to the Dutch top-flight crown last month.
The United signing played under his new manager Louis van Gaal during the 65-year-old’s tenure as Netherlands head coach.