Memphis Depay, the ‘madridista’ who ended up signing for Barça

The player said four years ago that his great goal was to wear white. The Dutchman, who prefers to be known only by his first name, is the forward Koeman missed so much last season.

Depay, during the meeting between the Netherlands and Austria.EFE

Things can change a lot in four years. Very much. So much so that you can go from white to Barça as if nothing had happened. Memphis Depay (Moordrecht, Netherlands, February 13, 1994) assured in 2017 that he sees himself playing for Real Madrid, that that was his great goal. And he did it when he was adding his second season at Olympique de Lyon, a club he arrived at in the winter market of the 2016-17 season and in which he ended up meeting his best version after a step to forget through the ranks of Manchester. United. Of course not, already then he was leaving a door ajar for the Barcelona team, but he was contemplating his future, especially in white. Almost like the traditional French team kit: mostly white with a narrow Barça band.

Since this Saturday, the Dutch striker is already part of Bara. Ronald Koeman At last he will have at his disposal that striker whom he missed so much last season. The Dutch coach himself, when the campaign was coming to an end, pointed out that the team had scored many goals, but not as many as he would have liked. Leo messi, of course, he took it upon himself to carry a huge part of that weight on his shoulders while Luis Surez, to whom he showed the exit door, became one of the great arguments of the Attica to take the League. Neither Ousmane Dembl ni Antoine Griezmann, signed at the stroke of a checkbook, they were able to provide an offensive bonus that came to be missed a lot on too many occasions. And that, in the end, it would cost the team to keep the honey on their lips when it seemed that, almost against the prognosis, the trophy of consistency could fall into their hands.

At the Olympique de Lyon, Memphis, who prefers to wear only his first name on his shirt, due to his practically null relationship with his father, despite the fact that UEFA insists on presenting him as Depay in his official data, the forward has signed some More than interesting numbers: 76 goals and 55 assists in 178 games. Similar to those signed at PSV, a team in which he completed his training as a footballer that began at Sparta Rotterdam and with which he signed 50 goals and 29 assists in 124 games.

At Manchester United, on the other hand, his wake had plummeted: seven goals and six assists in 50 games. Louis van Gaal, who was his great supporter to make his debut in the national team Orange, He put the cross on him, despite the fact that the club paid 35 million euros for his transfer. Curiously, it would not be until several months after the departure of the former Bara coach, dismissed in May 2016 by the Red Devils, when his arrival at Lyon was closed, in this case for 20 million euros.

of the seasons

Now, Bara has acquired its services at zero cost. The footballer refused to extend his commitment to the French team and sign a two-season contract with the Barcelona club, which will initially expire on June 30, 2023. At last, what was little less than an open secret has come true. . Everyone knows that I have been linked to Bara for a while, that I want to play for Ronald Koeman and that there are conversations. I think we will have news in this regard soon, I advanced just last Wednesday. The technician, of course, would have loved to have him under his command in his first season at the helm of the Barça team. Is your compatriot that extra in offensive tasks that you miss so much in some moments? To discover the answer, we will have to wait for the ball to roll again on the lawn of the Camp Nou.

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