Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he doesn’t play Memphis Depay anymore because he’s on his way out of the club.
The Dutch winger joined United last season, but didn’t perform too well under then manager Louis Van Gaal.
First team chances have been much rarer for the former PSV star under Mourinho, and the new coach revealed he has dropped him totally because Memphis wants to leave.
“I have to say that in the past couple of months my decisions in relation to Memphis were influenced by the feelings and information that he would like to leave in January and that we were going to have a real offer that we would be willing to accept,” said Mourinho.
“That obviously influences me. If I know, if I have the feeling that a player is leaving — if I have to give chances and develop other players — then I go to Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Martial, the players I know 100 per cent who are going to stay with us. It is a position where we have more options.”
“He was not playing last season,” added Mourinho. “It was not that last season he was playing phenomenally and this season he is not playing at all. That’s not the situation.
“He’s a very good professional, is the only thing I can say. I know the public image is always influenced by some details of their private lives but the reality is that he is a very good professional, a very good boy.
“He has a high level of education, super polite, super professional, and works really hard.
“But it’s a position where I have Martial, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Lingard, plus Rooney and Rashford who can also play in this position.
“So we have six, seven players. When I have the feeling and information that the player probably has a big chance to leave then I have to care more about the others.
“But if you arrive in January and nothing happens — and we have lots of matches — then if he is going to be my player until the end of the season I will help him and he will be useful for us.”
Everton have been most linked with Depay, but a number of Serie A sides are said to be interested.