BARCELONA – Memphis Depay is already a Barcelona player. The 27-year-old Dutch footballer was presented with Barcelona on Thursday and proclaimed that he was “living a dream. Since I was a child I dreamed of playing for a club like Barça and it has come true.”
Depay assured that he is eager to play alongside Lionel Messi: “It is a dream to play with Messi. He is a legend, the best player in the world, his quality is unquestionable, I am a huge fan of his and any footballer would like to play alongside someone like him, “Depay said when asked about the possibility of sharing a dressing room with the ’10’. In addition, he revealed that he took a tour of the club’s museum and saw “his Ballons d’Or”.
The Dutchman declared that he always had “the will to come” and clarified that considering Ronald Koeman “a very important coach in my career” he would have signed anyway if he had not followed the coach “because Barça cannot be said no”.
“We need these types of players. We quickly agreed because there was great goodwill on both sides,” Joan Laporta congratulated himself at the presentation ceremony, in which he revealed that, in addition to football quality, it is essential to receive players with desire to be azulgranas. “We want players who want to come to Barça and that makes everything easier,” proclaimed the president.
“I will be specific, yes, absolutely,” Depay answered when questioned about his signing in case Koeman did not continue on the bench. “He could not have said no to Barça and would have come anyway. It is clear that Koeman has had a great impact for me, he has been very important in the national team, he changed my position and we have maintained a lot of contact, but I would have come, sure, anyway, “he said.
“I hope Memphis and Leo can see their tattoos up close very soon,” Laporta joked, closing a question to the Dutchman about his desire to share a team with Messi, whom he did not hesitate to consider “the best footballer in the world. He is a legend and I really want to play with him because anyone would like to play with Messi “.
Aware of the difficult economic reality of Barcelona, Depay was not concerned about the problems that could exist with his registration in the League, revealing that “I know that Barcelona managers are working with many formulas in this regard and I am convinced that there will be no problem, that’s why I signed “.