Memphis Depay revealed as Barcelona player for first time at Camp Nou and admits switch is a ‘dream’
Memphis Depay revealed as a Barcelona player for the first time at Camp Nou as forward admits moving to LaLiga giants is a ‘dream’ and can’t wait to play alongside Lionel Messi… once the Catalans register the attacking duo when their wage bill is reduced!
- Memphis Depay was revealed on Thursday as a Barcelona player at Camp Nou
- The Dutchman moved transfer-free from the French Lyon this summer
- Depay admits going to Barcelona is a ‘dream come true’ for him
- The 27-year-old admits he can’t wait to play alongside Lionel Messi this season
- Barcelona can only register Depay or Messi if they lower their wage bill
Memphis Depay revealed his delight to join ‘dream club’ Barcelona when the attacker was unveiled on Thursday as a Catalans player at the Camp Nou.
The 27-year-old has moved from Lyon to the Spanish giants on a free transfer and will work with Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, who knows the attacker from his time with the Dutch national team.
Depay showed his skills in Barcelona colors on Thursday after being led onto the pitch by club president Joan Laporta, with the striker revealing that he is living a dream by moving to the LaLiga giants.
Attacker Memphis Depay was unveiled for the first time in Barcelona colors on Thursday
Depay was presented by Barcelona president Joan Laporta (left) following his move from Lyon
The attacker tweeted on Thursday night: “I want to thank the president, the entire board of Barcelona, the coach and my own team for making my dream come true.
“I want to thank God more than anything for living my life! I have no words to describe how I feel right now, but I am so grateful.”
Depay has also admitted he is very much looking forward to working with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, with the Catalans expected to sign a five-year deal with the club later this summer, despite his original contract expiring on June 30.
“He’s a legend, the best player in the world, you’ve seen what he did at the Copa America. I’m really looking forward to playing with him, his quality is beyond question. I just have to make my runs and I know the ball will come.
Depay admits he can’t wait to play alongside Lionel Messi, who will sign a five-year contract
“Because he has too much quality, he can do anything with the ball. I think everyone in the world would love to play with someone like that.
“Yesterday I toured the museum and saw all the Ballon d’Or awards, he probably has one too. It will be a dream for me.’
However, neither Depay nor Messi have yet been officially registered as Barcelona players as the club continues to struggle to comply with LaLiga rules amid their financial turmoil.
The Catalans are desperately trying to sack players as they try to cut their depleted wage bill – which is 40 percent above LaLiga’s salary cap – with several players expected to leave the club.
Laporta can’t register Depay or Messi until he cuts Barcelona’s wage budget
Left-back Junior Firpo has already been shipped to Leeds in a £13m deal, with one of the key players set to leave is French forward Antoine Griezmann – who could be let go via a swap deal with Atlético Madrid’s Saul Niguez.
Spanish news channel Sport also reports that Barca will ask first-team seniors Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba for pay cuts to fund their earnings.
The need to shift players comes in a year when Barcelona announced a £1bn debt in February this year, while there have also been four tax audits around the club in recent months to determine how dire the European giants’ financial situation actually is.