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Depay passes medical ahead of United move


DEPAY-MEDICALLONDON, May 19- Netherlands forward Memphis Depay has completed his medical with Manchester United as he moves closer to officially completing his transfer to Old Trafford, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

With Depay’s fitness checks out of the way, United say they will “now work towards finalising his registration when the international transfer window opens in June”.

United announced earlier this month that they had agreed a £25 million ($39 million) fee with PSV Eindhoven for Depay, who was the top scorer in the Dutch league with 22 goals this season.

However, despite Depay’s imminent high-profile arrival, former United captain Gary Neville has urged fans to give their new acquisition time to settle at Old Trafford.

Neville believes the 21-year-old still has much to learn if he is to blossom into the world-class player he and United hope he will become.

“It’s a typical Manchester United signing to sign someone who has got potential but hasn’t yet grown to become the finished product,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“United have done that over the years, particularly with foreign players.

“I think Depay looks like an exciting player but there’s a lot of obstacles to overcome to determine as to whether he’s going to become the real deal.

“He’s got to settle in the country and get used to playing football in Manchester. It will be different but it fits the bill in terms of him being a young player.”

United manager Louis van Gaal handed Depay his international debut in October 2013 and took him to the World Cup the following year, where he scored twice in four appearances for the Netherlands.

“I have worked with Memphis during last summer’s World Cup with the Netherlands and he has great potential,” Van Gaal wrote.

“The plan is to help him develop as a player, but we must all be patient.

“The Premier League is very different from any other league and it will take time for him to fully adapt to the pace and unforgiving nature of football in this country.”