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Memphis Depay Reportedly Mocked Robin van Persie over Fenerbahce Move

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2015

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 28:  Robin van Persie of the Netherlands talks with Memphis Depay during the Netherlands training session at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at Estadio Presidente Vargas on June 28, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Manchester United forward Memphis Depay was reportedly involved in a training ground spat with former Red Devils star Robin van Persie on international duty, in which Memphis mocked the latter for his move to Turkish club Fenerbahce.

According to Martijn Krabbendam of Voetbal International (h/t Daily Telegraph's Callum Davis), the incident took place in October. Leading an attack, Memphis failed to play the ball to a wide-open Van Persie for what should have been a sure goal and instead backheeled it to Jairo Riedewald.

Upset, Van Persie reportedly confronted the youngster and asked him whether he thought he was “a big boy,” to which Memphis replied: "Do big boys play for Fenerbahce?"

Per Sport Witness, manager Danny Blind sided with Memphis and was caught saying “you again” to the veteran, an indication this wasn't the first time.

(L-R) Netherlands' forward Memphis Depay, Netherlands' forward and captain Robin van Persie and Netherlands' defender Daryl Janmaat run during a training session at the National Stadium in Brasilia on July 11, 2014 on the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup fo
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Van Persie left the Red Devils for the Turkish league last summer after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, while Memphis moved to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven in the same transfer window.

Since then, both have struggled. Memphis had an OK start to his Premier League career, but he has hit a bit of a wall in the past few months, scoring just two Premier League goals so far, per WhoScored.com.

He's made more headlines with his perceived attitude concerns than his play, and according to Dutch pundit Youri Mulder, manager Louis van Gaal is already fed up with the youngster, per NOS (h/t Goal's Mark Doyle).

Meanwhile, Van Persie has scored a handful of goals in Turkey, but he hasn't looked nearly as dominant as he did just a year-and-a-half ago, when he was arguably the top striker at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The 32-year-old's popularity has dropped tremendously, and costly own-goals like this won't help:

Training-ground spats happen all the time, and they become more frequent―and bitter―when teams are losing. The Netherlands are in a bad place right now, and with so much pressure on the side and both players struggling individually as well, this type of incident shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

Footy Accumulators still enjoyed it, though:

Footy Accumulators @FootyAccums

RVP asked Depay in an argument if he thinks he is a 'big boy' Depay replied: "Do big boys play at Fenerbahce then?" https://t.co/d9zZcBFPKA

In all likelihood, the incident has already been forgotten by both players, and Blind will mainly be upset the Dutch media got a hold of the story.   

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