Robben tells Mem­phis it’s ‘not al­ways sun­shine’ in Eng­land

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AR­JEN ROBBEN has told Mem­phis De­pay he must find re­solve within to over­come a dif­fi­cult start to his Manch­ester United ca­reer.

The Bay­ern Mu­nich winger will of­fer De­pay ad­vice on how to make his time in Eng­land a suc­cess, but said the 21-year-old needed to es­tab­lish the right men­tal­ity him­self to suc­ceed.

Louis van Gaal’s £25 mil­lion sum­mer sign­ing has been dropped in favour of acad­emy grad­u­ate Jesse Lin­gard re­cently and ap­pears to be strug­gling to adapt to a new coun­try or his man­ager’s meth­ods.

Robben joined Chelsea aged 20 – like De­pay from PSV Eind­hoven – and had to wait un­til Oc­to­ber to make his de­but be­cause of in­jury, but be­came a hit as soon as he played.

De­spite fre­quent spells on the sidelines he was a pop­u­lar fig­ure among fans and won two Premier League ti­tles, two League Cups and an FA Cup be­fore join­ing Real Madrid.

Af­ter promis­ing ini­tially, De­pay at present looks some way off repli­cat­ing that level of at­tain­ment in Eng­land and Robben said he would of­fer words of en­cour­age­ment dur­ing their camp to­gether with Hol­land.

“Of course I will give him ad­vice,” said the 31-year-old. “We try to help each other as play­ers and the team to make steps. He is a tal­ented player in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, I can give him ad­vice but the player has to cope with it, show strength and the right men­tal­ity.

“It is im­por­tant in your de­vel­op­ment as a player, it is not al­ways sun­shine, you have dif­fi­cult pe­ri­ods, es­pe­cially when you are young. He has long way ahead and if he shows the right men­tal­ity, the tal­ent is there. If he keeps work­ing hard I am sure he can suc­ceed.”

Robben was set to start the match against Wales last night, which he be­lieves pro­vides a fresh start for his coun­try af­ter a dis­as­trous Euro 2016 qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

Now na­tional captain, he in­sisted the friendly fix­ture was im­por­tant and re­vealed he had gone against the wishes of his club to turn up.

“It mat­ters to me, I am here,” said Robben, who missed two months ear­lier this sea­son with a thigh in­jury.

“We had a good con­ver­sa­tion about it with the coach. Bay­ern would pre­fer me to stay at the club and sta­bilise my phys­i­cal con­di­tion but I wanted to be here. We are building some­thing new.”

The last time Hol­land played Wales was in June 2014, ahead of their suc­cess­ful World Cup cam­paign in Brazil. The Welsh had en­dured a dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign of their own and Robben scored in a 2-0 win in Am­s­ter­dam.

“It is funny how things work some­times,” Robben added. “The sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent, they are go­ing to the Eu­ros we are not, it is painful but it is down to us. The only thing we can do is try and restart and re­build. It is not nice to say but we have to start again and pre­pare for Septem­ber 2016.

“It is a long way off but we have to cope with that re­al­ity, get some good re­sults out of the up­com­ing games. These are the games we have to try and use to turn it around.” – Daily Mail


I’M HERE FOR YOU: Ar­jen Robben and Mem­phis De­pay

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