Dutch unrest continues as Robin van Persie was caught in a training ground confrontation with Manchester United’s new starlet Memphis Depay, which costed him the national team spot as he was dropped for Netherlands’ Euro 2016 qualifier clash with Kazakhstan last Saturday. The Dutch striker was in the substitute list for the game that they won by a 2-1 margin.
Earlier Holland coach Danny Blind denied any unrest in the team but now confirmed that there was a confrontation between van Persie and Depay ahead of the Kazakhstan match. He also confirmed that the former Manchester United forward was not benched due to the disagreement with Depay; rather it was a fitness issue.
“We have discussed what happened, but that had nothing to do with my decision to name van Persie as a substitute. I felt that he was not fit enough to start.” Blind said in reply to the questions.
“But it (row with Depay) was a discussion during a training session about a ball that should have been given over. Things like this happen often. There are sometimes situations in training where players think differently. That’s what happened and it was over.”
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal sold van Persie to Fenerbahce just earlier this summer, signing Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven. But like in Turkey didn’t going well for van Persie. Fenerbahce manager Victor Pereira has left the Dutch from his starting eleven quite often and he is struggling to cope up with this kind of decision.
Reports say going back to Premier League or a stint in Italy, that’s what van Persie has in mind now when the transfer window opens again in January. The player is also facing an uncertain future with the national team as Holland’s chance to qualify for next year’s Euro is still a distant one and players like van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Nigel de Jong all are likely to retire from international football if Holland fails to qualify.