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Memphis & RVP In Training Ground Bust-Up

Manchester United winger Memphis Depay and national teammate Robin van Persie were reportedly involved in a training ground bust-up while on international duty.

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The pair clashed in a training session before the Netherlands' crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan on Saturday, and it has been suggested that this is why Van Persie was named as a substitute for that game.

Manager Danny Blind has downplayed the row between the two players and insisted Van Persie was benched because of his lack of fitness.

"We have discussed what happened, but that had nothing to do with my decision," Blind said at a press conference.

"I felt that he was not fit enough to start. I think that's down to the fact that he has not played without pain for quite a while.

"He is pain-free now and feels 100%. But I want him to be fit enough to play the full 90 minutes. That's why I did not play him as support striker against Kazakhstan."

Van Persie came off the bench to win his 100th cap for the national side on Saturday, and certain sections of the media asked Blind if that was his way of giving the Fenerbahce forward a final farewell from international duty.

"That is absolute nonsense," the head coach said.

"We had agreed that I would get him on if we needed a goal, but I also thought it was only logical to give him his 100th cap because the game was already decided.

"I had to wait for my third substitution for a bit, though. I talked about that with Robin and he understood me. I find it baffling that people don't get that."

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The former Manchester United striker has played 100 games for the Netherlands and has scored 49 goals for them.  

Do you think Van Persie is starting to take his frustrations out on others? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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