Depay: I want to be a legend

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first_img Press Association Van Gaal stole a march on his rivals in May when he completed the signing of Depay from PSV Eindhoven for £25million. Paris St Germain offered Depay a fortune, but once he knew he was wanted by Van Gaal, Depay’s mind was made up. Memphis Depay is sure Louis van Gaal will help him realise his dream of becoming an all-time great at Manchester United. “But the important thing to do for me is to focus on the next game, not to be that far in my head because I have to do my job in every game. “Maybe one time I can be a legend. Of course it is an honour to have that positive sound from the fans and the legends that talk about me. I am grateful for that.” Depay has a long way to go before he can be mentioned in the same breath as those United greats. But he feels he has the perfect person at his side to help him kick off that journey in United manager Van Gaal. The two know each other well having worked together with the Dutch national side. Van Gaal gave Depay his Holland debut against Turkey in October 2013 and eight months later he selected the powerful forward in his World Cup squad. Depay, who prefers to be known as ‘Memphis’ as he does not want to be associated with his father, who split from his mother when he was four, declined an invitation to describe Van Gaal as a “father figure” during an interview with the British media in San Jose on Wednesday. But there is no doubt that Depay regards Van Gaal as a brilliant manager who will get the best out of him. “I don’t want to say he is like a father figure,” Depay said. “But he is a great manager. He can make players better. “I feel I will be a better player every time I train with him. I feel stronger. I feel fit. That is one of the things he can really do to you. “Everything he tells me to do better I can take that in my mind and work on it. I am very young and I want to do everything better so I become a better player.” Depay has not set himself any personal targets this season, but he has one aim for the team – to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title. “I think that is realistic. We are Manchester United,” he said. “I think we have real qualities. We have to prove that in the games. “We have to be creative. The defence has to be strong so we win games and we can play for trophies.” “After (United) came in for me and I spoke with the manager it was very clear for me. I had already made my decision,” the United forward said. Depay scored 22 league goals for PSV last season and much is expected of him in his first term at United. He has made a promising start. The coaching staff have informed senior officials at board level that Depay has been scoring some excellent free-kicks in training during United’s pre-season tour of the United States, just like he did for PSV. And in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the 21-year-old scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 friendly win over the San Jose Earthquakes. But Depay is an ambitious person. His aims in life are to dream, believe and achieve – the three words tattooed under his right pectoral muscle. He has plans on becoming one of the best players in United’s long and illustrious history. Former players like Bryan Robson, Denis Irwin and Lou Macari, who described Depay as a “tank”, have all been impressed by the 21-year-old and he wants to leave a lasting legacy at the club. “I am very hungry. I want to be a legend at one time in history,” Depay said. last_img read more


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first_imgA.J. Fenton (left) proved he can make plays all over the field Saturday, recording four tackles and an interception in the spring game.[/media-credit]With spring camp over and done with, the Wisconsin football team is now gearing up for summer conditioning before practice resumes for fall camp.Here’s a look back at how spring camp went for the Badgers with a position-by-position breakdown.Quarterbacks:How the Badgers replace quarterback Scott Tolzien is the single biggest question surrounding the team this offseason. Redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr has a firm handle on the starting job, but that isn’t based solely on his performance this spring.Curt Phillips was participating in passing drills while recovering from ACL surgery, but the redshirt junior has been ruled out for the year after a minor procedure revealed more damage. Redshirt freshman Joe Brennan is still mastering the playbook and working on refining his delivery, while newcomer Joel Stave is still adjusting to college in just his first semester on campus.That leaves Budmayr as the clear choice to start for UW in the fall. He’s shown flashes with his strong arm and accurate deep ball, but the 6-foot Budmayr threw a ton of interceptions this spring, in addition to having numerous balls batted down at the line. The Badger offense is still adjusting to its new signal caller, and Budmayr will have to develop more consistency and better appreciation for ball security if the Badgers want to compete at the top of the conference.Running backs:Montee Ball slimmed down, James White added lower body strength and the entire UW offense is reaping the benefits. Ball and White had productive springs and the two running backs are set for even better seasons in 2011. Zach Brown and Jeff Lewis will also provide running backs coach Thomas Hammock with tremendous depth and versatility.Tight ends:Jake Byrne has emerged as the leader of the group and will work as the primary blocking tight end on the line of scrimmage. Byrne has the ability to make plays over the middle in the passing game, but redshirt sophomore Jacob Pederson will fill the playmaking void left by Lance Kendricks. Pedersen was a reliable target all spring at the H-back position, making tough catches in traffic and stretching the defense as a downfield threat. Brian Wozniak and Sherard Cadogan fought through injuries to see reps this spring, and both have shown promise heading into fall.Wide receivers:When Nick Toon returns from injury, he and Jared Abbrederis will be the clear No. 1 and No. 2 wideouts. However, the Badgers still need to find third and fourth options. Manasseh Garner impressed with his combination of size and athleticism, and he also has the ability to play both wide receiver and tight end. Jeff Duckworth and Isaiah Williams had their ups and downs, and both will continue to battle for playing time.Offensive line:Despite losing left tackle Gabe Carimi and left guard John Moffitt, the O-line found some stability in spring camp. Ricky Wagner and Travis Frederick settled in to those two positions, respectively, and Peter Konz led the group from his center position before suffering a leg injury late in camp. Kevin Zeitler had a solid spring at right guard, so the only real uncertainty lies at right tackle. Redshirt freshman Rob Havenstein showed better mobility and continued to maul defenders with his 343-pound frame, and he overtook Casey Dehn for the first-team spot. But fifth-year senior Josh Oglesby wasn’t able to practice all spring and will make a run at regaining his starting spot when he returns.Defensive line:If spring camp made one thing clear, it’s the D-line has plenty of depth. The Badgers have a steady rotation set for fall camp at both end and tackle, and they’ll have plenty of bodies ready to man the trenches. Pass rushing is the major concern, but ends Louis Nzegwu and David Gilbert continued to progress in that area throughout the spring, and both Patrick Butrym and Jordan Kohout created more pressure from their tackle positions.Linebackers:This position group took a big step forward this spring under new linebackers coach Dave Huxtable. Mike Taylor finally looked to be back to 100 percent, and Kevin Claxton brought tremendous physicality as he looks to crack the starting lineup at the opposite outside linebacker position. Marcus Trotter filled in admirably for the injured Chris Borland at middle linebacker, and both Connor O’Neill and A.J. Fenton showed they could make plays in pass coverage with their athleticism, as well as against the run, thanks to some added weight.Secondary:Free safety Aaron Henry established himself as one of the leaders of the defense this spring with his physical play every practice, while fellow seniors Antonio Fenelus and Devin Smith are set at the starting cornerback positions. Shelton Johnson and Dezmen Southward competed throughout camp to work as the first-team strong safety, and Southward made a strong push late to seemingly gain an edge over Johnson, but that battle should continue well into the fall.Specialists:Kicker Phillip Welch and punter (as well as fellow senior) Brad Nortman have plenty of experience, and they’ll be counted on for productive final seasons this fall. In the return game, true freshman wide receiver Kenzel Doe was given a chance to show off his speed, but head coach Bret Bielema revealed Abbrederis would be his return man if he had to make the decision right now.last_img read more


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first_imgRussia are third, four points behind Sweden and eight adrift of leaders, Austria.It’s reported that Capello will receive €15-million in compensation from the Football Union of Russia.last_img