Memphis Depay
Depay has scored 21 league goals this season for champions PSVGetty Images

New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay says he turned down the advances of "many top clubs" before opting to move to the 20-time English champions.

Depay has agreed a reported £25m ($38m) deal to move to Old Trafford – subject to obtaining a work permit – after being the subject of intense speculation regarding his future.

Liverpool were hotly tipped to make Depay, 21, their first signing of the summer transfer window particularly after PSV sporting director Marcel Brands admitted the Reds were a "step ahead" of their Premier League rivals in pursuit of the player.

But in an interview with representatives SEG International, the Netherlands international said: "It was an exciting and pretty hectic period, and to have a choice between so many top clubs doesn't make it any easier.

"For me, Manchester United is an absolute dream club, so I didn't need any convincing of the guys who already play at Manchester United.

"They told me only positive things though, and I'm looking forward to playing with my Dutch teammates next to all the other great players of Manchester United. And working with manager Louis van Gaal again is also a big bonus.

"You shouldn't believe all the rumours in the media. In the end it was just a matter of feeling, not a matter of money."

With 21 goals in 28 starts this season, Depay has fired PSV to the Dutch league title this term but will move to the Premier League to help inspire United to a revival under Louis van Gaal.

The club need six points to beat Liverpool to the fourth Champions League place but despite the uncertainty over qualification for Europe's premier club competition Depay said he could not ignore United's advances.

"I've learned so much at PSV, not only on the pitch but also as a person," he added. "That makes me grateful, but I really felt it was time for me to move on.

"And you can't deny the interest of a club like Manchester United. I'm proud of winning the title with PSV. It's something the fans deserved, and something I wanted so bad as well.

"I wish the club all the best for coming season, and hopefully they're lifting a trophy again next year."