Two Dutch players disagreeing in a heated training session? Surely not.
The former Manchester United striker departed Old Trafford for Fenerbahce a month after Depay rocked up in English football from PSV, although the winger has never come close to matching Van Persie’s influence in the famous red shirt.
The 33-year-old’s 26 Premier League goals spearheaded United’s most recent Premier League title triumph during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season at the helm in 2012/13, although his exiled successor has come to embody the mediocrity that has enveloped the club since the great manager’s retirement.
Van Persie and Depay, two strong characters renowned for their typical Dutch frankness, reportedly squared up on international duty in the latter stages of 2015, with the winger mocking his nation’s all-time record goalscorer for plying his trade in the Turkish league with Fenerbache, Voetball Primeur report.
However, the former Arsenal talisman insists that there is no lingering resentment between the international colleagues, although Van Persie appears unlikely to ever pull on the famous Oranje again after falling out of favour under Danny Blind.
“I think that is part of sport. If you want maximum performance, you have to tell each other the truth sometimes,” Van Persie told AD. “That’s okay once, boom, clash. But then it should be OK.
“I recently ran into Memphis at United. I asked, ‘Well, Memphis, are you still mad at me?’
“No, he was not. And besides: I think I always put a lot of energy into helping young players.”
Despite possessing some of the most gifted footballers on the continent in recent generations, personality clashes have frequently bubbled under the surface of a national set-up that has never lived up to its potential.