To ensure Memphis Depay is fit for the World Cup, Louis van Gaal is adopting a similar approach to one he used to prepare Wesley Sneijder in 2014.
Memphis is one of the Netherlands’ key players, but he doesn’t hold such importance at club level for Barcelona, getting little playing time thus far this season.
As a result, Van Gaal has some concerns over the fitness of the forward and is taking steps to ensure he’s physically ready by the time the World Cup comes around.
Specifically, he is utilising the services of physical therapist Jos van Dijk, who got Sneijder fit for the tournament in 2014.
“I would be happier if Memphis and Frenkie [de Jong] played more regularly, but Frenkie has already reached ninety minutes a number of times, which is nice,” said the manager.
“I have hired my exercise physiologist Jos van Dijk, who was also there in 2014, who then also went to Turkey to give Wesley Sneijder some more exercises to get fit. As a result, Sneijder made it.
“He’s back on my staff and that’s his job again. Of course, Memphis has to stay fit, that’s also a goal for him.”