Belfast Telegraph

Holland coach plays down Memphis Depay and Robin van Persie disagreement

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has been involved in a spat with former Red Devils striker Robin van Persie during a Holland training session.

Following reports of a bust-up occurring between the pair prior to Saturday's 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan, Dutch national team boss Danny Blind on Monday confirmed there had been an incident but was keen to play it down.

Blind, quoted by, said: "There are sometimes situations in training where players think different.

"Then you talk about it. That's what happened and then it's over."

Blind, whose son is Depay's United team-mate Daley Blind, also stressed the episode had had no role in his decision to leave Van Persie out of his starting XI for the Kazakhstan game.

Van Persie - his country's all-time top-scorer with 49 goals in what is now 100 caps following his late substitute appearance on Saturday - left United to join Fenerbahce in July, a month after Depay's arrival at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven.


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