According to Clarence Seedorf, Memphis Depay can help Barcelona build their future if they reunite with Ronald Koeman in the league.
Depay has long been linked to a move to Barca and is in the final year of his contract with current employer Lyon who will either have to make money in January or run the risk of losing one of their precious assets for free at the end of the year season.
A move in the previous transfer window was rumored, especially after Koeman, who worked with the striker at international level during his time in charge of the Netherlands, was named the Spanish giants’ new head coach. Earlier this month, the Dutch boss refused to rule out an offer for Depay.
While a move to Manchester United failed early in his career, with Depay only scoring two goals in 33 Premier League games during his 18-month stint at Old Trafford, Seedorf believes his compatriot is now poised for success of the main European clubs.
The 26-year-old has certainly prevailed in the Champions League in the 2019-20 season, scoring six goals to surprise the Lyon surprise package, which upset both Juventus and Manchester City as they hit the final four.
« I think Memphis Depay is one of the greatest talents in Europe right now, » Seedorf, who made 87 appearances for the Netherlands, told Stats Perform News in an exclusive interview.
« He’s been seriously injured, but he’s a player who has to be in a big club sooner or later.
« If it’s going to be Barcelona, it’s better for them. He and Koeman have worked very well together [in the past].
« Sincerely, Koeman has done a great job for the national team and especially with players like Memphis Depay, giving them the confidence to show their talent. « .
Depay debated his future during his international break in November, admitting that « everyone would love to play at a club like Barca ».
« Who wouldn’t want to go to Barcelona? It’s a top club, » he said after beating the Netherlands in a 1-1 draw with Spain.
« We’ll see what the future holds for me. Barca are one of the biggest clubs and everyone would love to play there, but I focus on my club and the national team. «
His possible arrival at Barca, however, could be part of a major squad reorganization, with Lionel Messi’s future remaining uncertain beyond the current campaign.
However, Seedorf believes that Depay would be a solid building block during a period of change at Camp Nou.
« Barcelona are in a moment of transition and whenever they can include players like Memphis they will prepare for the future, » said the former Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan midfielder.
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