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Rodgers - We never wanted to sign Memphis Depay

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Is Rodgers' denial that he was interested in Depay credible?
Is Rodgers' denial that he was interested in Depay credible?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that his club were never interested in signing Memphis Depay, contradicting PSV Eindhoven's claims that talks had taken place.

Cynics will argue Rodgers comments are merely a reaction to his failure to sign the Dutch international who signed for Manchester United on Thursday, yet he has now claimed the 21-year-old was never on his radar.

PSV Eindhoven chiefs confirmed Liverpool were in negotiations over Depay and Rodgers had previously suggested he was an admirer of the player, but now he has offered these comments.

"Unfortunately for you guys (the media), it wasn't one we were ever interested in. He's obviously a talented young player, but we already have four wingers at the club.

"We've got young Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, so we'll have other priorities we're looking at for the summer.

"As you can tell from the number of players we have in those positions, a wide player -- particularly on the left side, where we've got Raheem -- we're quite well stocked with those players."

Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven have again insisted they were in talks with Liverpool over Depay, with United boss Louis van Gaal (below with Depay) appearing to be the key figure in the conclusion of the transfer.

“Liverpool contacted us and talked with the player," confirmed PSV technical director Marcel Brands

"They were also one of the clubs interested, but at the end Memphis had the final decision and he chose Manchester United.

"United contacted us a few weeks ago but the direct actions to the club and the player were in the last days and it moved very quickly.

"Louis (van Gaal) played a big part in the decision. I worked with Louis for four years myself and I know he was very happy with Memphis after the World Cup and had a lot of confidence in him.

"He is the right coach for Memphis because he’s great with young players who can learn a lot."

Is Rodgers offering a smokescreen for another failed Liverpool bid to land a transfer target?

It seems unlikely that PSV are lying about their contacts with Liverpool over Depay, so maybe this is a story we should all make our own judgements on.