Mourinho unhappy with Everton’s Depay pursuit

Jose Mourinho is unhappy with Ronald Koeman after the Everton boss publicly admitted his interest in Manchester United winger Memphis Depay.

Everton have been linked with a move for unsettled Depay for several weeks after the Holland international has been limited to just 20 minutes of Premier League football this season.

But Koeman confirmed the speculation earlier this week when he told Dutch TV: “I would like to have him. I think he is an interesting player. He has great individual qualities. He just needs to play games.”

While Mourinho is unlikely to stand in the way of Depay departing Old Trafford in January, he believes Koeman should have kept his intentions private regarding the 22-year-old.

“If somebody asks me about a player from another team, my normal answer is, ‘The player is not my player, the player belongs to another team, the player belongs to another manager,’ no comments at all,” said Mourinho.

“I think that is the ethical answer and when we are always worried about ethics and respect, and rules, I just said that if it was me making that kind of comment about an Everton player, I would be in trouble.”

Depay was signed by ex-Man United boss Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2015 for an estimated £30million fee, but netted just two league goals during his debut year at Old Trafford.

 

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