Memphis Depay’s move to Barcelona has come at a time in which the La Liga giants are in crisis but the former Manchester United forward says he has no regrets over his transfer
The 27-year-old joined Ronald Koeman ‘s side on a free transfer during the summer window, before the departure of Lionel Messi.
Memphis, who resurrected his career at Lyon after his struggles at Manchester United, has suddenly been thrust into the role of being the Blaugrana’s star man in attack.
But while he has impressed, his new side are struggling, picking up just one win from their last six games in all competitions and being thrashed in both Champions League matches thus far.
“How could you ask that?” Memphis responded with a smile. “It’s Barcelona. I don’t think you understand how big this club is and what it means for a player if you move to a club like this. I would never regret it.”
The versatile Dutchman has registered three goals and one assist in seven La Liga appearances so far.
He worked with Koeman with the Netherlands from 2018 to 2020 and says he is “sure things will turn round” at the cash-strapped club.
“Despite results, I’m really happy at the club,” Memphis continued. “It’s been a difficult time [for the team]. I don’t want to talk about that much, but people are acting like the season is already over.
“There are so many games to play. Everything is still open. But as a player you feel responsible and you take responsibility. You care.
“Every player takes responsibility at Barca. That’s normal for a club like Barcelona.”
“We know what the situation is right now,” he noted. “We know it’s difficult. [Playing with] young players, a lot of injuries. But I think [it’s a matter of time].
“Everybody is panicking and for a club like Barcelona it’s a new situation. They’re used to winning everything with beautiful football. This is a new situation, but I am not worried. I’m sure we will turn things around.”
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The Dutchman, a legend at the Camp Nou thanks to his part in their 1992 European Cup triumph, says Laporta has “done the right thing” by clarifying his future while admitting that he understands why improvement is demanded.
“We spoke on the phone last night [Friday]. We spoke again this morning [Saturday] about the moment the club is in, and other things, and at least we have been clear about it,” Koeman explained.
“Laporta has done the right thing because if things aren’t clear, it’s harder to work. It’s good to know how things are from here going forward.
“But it’s normal that results are demanded.”