The Netherlands international is delighted to be working alongside a Blaugrana “legend” who he says “can do anything” with the ball on his feet
Memphis Depay has said playing with Lionel Messi “will be a dream” for him after his Barcelona unveiling as he will have the chance to bond with the “best player in the world”.
Depay was officially introduced as a new Barca player on Thursday, having been taken in by a free transfer following his departure from Lyon at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
The 27-year-old joins a star-studded squad that will likely include Lionel Messi, once the final terms of his new contract have been finalized, and he looks forward to working alongside the six-time Ballon d’Or.
What was said?
Depay expects a man who inspired Argentina to Copa America glory earlier this month to win another Golden Ball later in the year, and knows he will have plenty of chances to deliver the goods in Barca’s final third with the 34-year-old. service delivery.
“He’s a legend, the best player in the world, you saw what he did in Copa America,” the Dutch international told club media.
“I can’t wait to play with him, his quality is indisputable. I just have to do my shopping and I know the ball will come.
“Because he has too much quality, he can do anything with the ball. I think everyone in the world would like to play with someone like that.
“Yesterday I took a tour of the museum and saw all the Ballon d’Or awards, he probably has another one too. It’s going to be a dream for me.”
When will Messi’s new contract be announced?
Goal reported that Messi had agreed to re-sign for Barca on a five-year contract, having joined the pool of free agencies at the end of his last contract in June.
The Argentinian magician had several other offers of potential high profile contenders on the table, including Paris Saint-Germain, but decided to stay with the club where he has spent his entire career until he reaches the age. 39 years old.
Barca plan to make an official announcement in the coming weeks, but must first finish cutting their overall payroll after going over the La Liga limit, with Messi already doing his part in this regard by agreeing to a significant pay cut .
What will Depay bring to Barca?
Depay started his career at PSV in 2011 before joining Manchester United four years later, but he only lasted two seasons at Old Trafford before being sold to Lyon.
The Dutchman quickly put his Premier League plight behind him at Groupama Stadium, registering 76 goals and 55 assists in 178 games to help the French side fight for silver on the national and European fronts.
Depay is now a much more mature and efficient player than he was during his time at United, and after an impressive performance at Euro 2020 with the Netherlands, he is expected to reach even higher heights under Ronald Koeman. at Camp Nou next season.