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Van Gaal quiet on Depay interest

PSV winger Memphis Depay has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but manager Louis van Gaal was quite on his reported interest in the player.

Van Gaal refused to be drawn on speculation that the Red Devils are interested in signing Depay.

The 21-year-old has been in superb form this season, scoring 20 times in 27 Dutch Eredivisie appearances as PSV have stormed to the Dutch top-flight title.

Depay’s form has led to media rumours that he could be reunited with Van Gaal, who coached him during his time as Netherlands head coach, with PSV technical director Marcel Brands claiming this week that United were one of two teams interested in a deal.

Van Gaal says that preparations for the next campaign are underway, but was coy when asked about the possibility of bringing Depay to Old Trafford.

“I don’t discuss it with the media, you know my answer,” he said ahead of his side’s English Premier League trip to Everton on Sunday.

“I have a lot of relationships with players so I cannot buy all the players I have coached already.

“We are busy with next season, I’ve said that already in previous press conferences. It’s usual business at the club.”

Van Gaal was also asked about the possibility of striker Robin van Persie returning to United’s starting XI after he was benched in last weekend’s 1-0 league defeat to Chelsea after two months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The Netherlands international also played over an hour in an Under-21s fixture against Leicester City on Monday to step up his recovery.

“He has to train very hard, play in the second team,” Van Gaal added.

“He has to show his qualities again. Then I have to compare him with the positions he can play, with the players that play in that position – it is always the same.”

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