Koeman’s public pursuit of Depay rubs Mourinho the wrong way

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If Ronaldo Koeman, who is currently the manager at Everton, wants to sign Memphis Depay, who is currently a player at Manchester United, there’s a decidedly right way and a wrong way to go about acquiring the services of his 22-year-old compatriot.

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Publicly proclaiming his interest and/or intent to do lure him away while still employed at Old Trafford is, in general practice, considered to be the latter. That didn’t stop Koeman this week, though.

Predictably, Jose Mourinho, who is currently the manager at Man United, thus making him Depay’s current boss, feels aggrieved. Depay, who has made just four substitute appearances for United this season, conveniently bagged a brace for the Netherlands hours after Koeman went public with his comments, which will likely have done little to quell his pursuit — quotes from FourFourTwo:

“I think that my normal answer 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.

“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

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Every now and then, even Mourinho says something you just can’t dispute. He’s not wrong on this one.