Having enjoyed comparisons to Arjen Robben, PSV Eindhoven boss Philip Cocu knows he will face a tough task keeping Memphis Depay at the club past the summer.
PSV Eindhoven manager Philip Cocu has told Sport Express that star winger Memphis Depay could be as good as Arjen Robben, admitting he will likely leave at the end of the season.
Depay, 21, has been linked to a number of top European clubs since his impressive World Cup performances for Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side, with the promising attacker proceeding to up his price tag over the course of the season with 21 goals in 27 total appearances.
While a move failed to materialise last month, Manchester United boss Van Gaal remains keen on a reunion with his compatriot, per the Sun, and has made him the club’s number one summer transfer target.
Considered PSV’s most exciting talent since Arjen Robben, who made the £12 million move to Chelsea in 2004 after setting Eredivisie alight, Cocu believes Depay could go on to reach similar heights during his career.
“Whether he can be as good as Arjen Robben? I think so,” he told the Russian news outlet in the build-up to tomorrow’s Europa League clash at Zenit St Petersburg.
“They are different players, but they are both fast and have a good shot. And both always have the urge to learn.
“But Memphis is only 21-years-old and only in a few years can real conclusions be drawn.”
Depay’s impressive form this season has helped fire PSV to the top of the Eredivisie table after 23 games, with the club now 12 points clear of second-place Ajax and on course to win their first league title since 2008.
However, Cocu realises that the coming months could be the 13-times capped international’s last few at the Philips Stadion, as interest in his signature continues to heat up.
“That's unfortunate, but on the other hand, we must as a club be proud because we have trained him,” the ex-Barcelona star said.
“At some point, it becomes clear that he is ready for the next step. And yes, I think he's going to leave PSV after this season.”