Memphis Depay revealed when he first joined Manchester United that he doesn’t like to have Depay on the back of his shirt due to family troubles with his father. But now, his father, Denis, spoke about the situation.
Dennis Depay said:
“Saying that I didn’t see him after he was four is a lie. It is unbelievable, it is not nice. He is my son and I love him. I am the man who gave him his first ball. He was not abandoned by me. That is not true. I was always there for him. I saw him on YouTube talking about his dad, saying he didn’t want to put my name on his back. It made me feel terrible. I would love to be back in touch with him. I miss him so much. The divorce happened but I was always going to see him. I was giving money too. There was no problem with access. I could see Memphis whenever I wanted. He stayed with me lots of times and I’d buy him clothes — and footballs. I was always visiting him and they know it.”
His father went on to say that Memphis was then abused by one of his mothers partners, Cora.
“With the new guy Cora had a hard time and so did Memphis. He and the other children hit Memphis sometimes so I would go and help him. The other children were jealous of him and that was made worse because he was a good footballer. The new man hit him sometimes for the slightest thing. The other kids didn’t like him because of his talent. They began to hate him so the family turned against him.”
Finally, Dennis admitted that he hasn’t seen Depay in around four years, since signing his first professional contract at the tender age of 17.
“His family said I would be after his money and to leave me alone, that I will take his money to Africa. But I don’t need his money. I have been working all this time. That’s when the problems started.“The last time I spoke to him face to face was a long time ago, when he was 17. I was calling him and he wasn’t answering so I travelled to the PSV training ground.”