Ruud van Nistelrooy has spoken out about the “fake” Cody Gakpo quotes that have surrounded Manchester United since his move from Liverpool
PSV Eindhoven manager Ruud van Nistelrooy has slammed the fake quotes that have emerged in connection with Cody Gakpo’s move to Liverpool.
The Dutch international completed his move to Merseyside in January, after the Reds outbid Manchester United for the attacker. The winter transfer saw the Eredivisie giants lose their captain as well as Noni Madueke, who joined Chelsea in the Premier League.
Since moving to England, the 23-year-old has scored four goals in nine Premier League appearances, including an impressive brace in a 7-0 rout of Manchester United at Anfield in early March.
The PSV manager slammed the quotes that emerged after Gakpo chose Anfield over Old Trafford on The Overlap with Gary Neville.
“I did nothing,” he said in response to the Mancunian full-witty back’s remark about allowing his captain to join his former arch-rivals.
Van Nistelrooy went on to say: “On that [Gakpo signing for Liverpool], I saw one of the worst quotes about me. Gakpo was asked about it by Liverpool and Manchester United, but it was a completely fabricated, phony quote. But, in any case.”
Van Nistelrooy was reportedly quoted as saying, “Gakpo’s dream move was Manchester United.” “I advised him to postpone his trip until the summer. Something happened, and he ignored my advice in favor of Virgil van Dijk, who enticed him to join his team.”
Fans of Manchester United took great delight on Twitter in believing that their rivals had signed a die-hard fan, but these were eventually debunked and found to be false, with the Old Trafford icon now clarifying that they were completely fictional.