Memphis Depay unveiled as Barcelona participant for first time at Camp Nou as ahead admits swap to LaLiga giants is a ‘dream’ and can’t wait to play alongside Lionel Messi… as soon as the Catalans register the attacking duo when their wage invoice is reduce down!
- Memphis Depay was unveiled as a Barcelona participant at Camp Nou on Thursday
- The Dutchman has moved on a free switch from French facet Lyon this summer time
- Depay admits that becoming a member of Barcelona is a ‘dream was actuality’ for him
- The 27-year-old admits he can’t wait to play alongside Lionel Messi this season
- Barcelona can’t register Depay or Messi till they scale back their wage invoice
Memphis Depay revealed his pleasure of becoming a member of ‘dream’ membership Barcelona because the ahead was unveiled as a Catalans participant on the Camp Nou on Thursday.
The 27-year-old has moved to the Spanish giants on a free switch from Lyon and can hyperlink up with Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman, who the ahead is aware of from his time with the Dutch nationwide staff.
Depay confirmed off his expertise in Barcelona colors on Thursday after being led onto the pitch by membership president Joan Laporta, with the striker revealing that he’s residing a dream by transferring to the LaLiga giants.
Ahead Memphis Depay was unveiled in Barcelona colors for the primary time on Thursday
Depay was introduced by Barcelona president Joan Laporta (left) following his transfer from Lyon
The ahead tweeted on Thursday night time: ‘I wish to thank the president, the entire board of Barcelona, the coach and my very own staff for making my dream actuality.
‘I wish to thank God greater than the rest for guiding me via out my life! I’ve no phrases to explain how I really feel proper now however I’m so grateful.’
Depay has additionally admitted he’s very a lot wanting ahead to linking up with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, with the Catalans captain anticipated to signal a five-year cope with the membership later this summer time regardless of his preliminary contract expiring on June 30.
‘He is a legend, finest participant on this planet, you noticed what he did within the Copa America. I am very a lot wanting ahead to enjoying with him, his high quality is undoubted. I’ve to simply make my runs and I do know the ball will come.
Depay admits he can’t wait to play alongside Lionel Messi, who will signal a five-year deal
‘As a result of he has an excessive amount of high quality, he can do every little thing with the ball. I feel all people on this planet wish to play with somebody like that.
‘Yesterday I had a tour of the museum and noticed all the Ballon d’Or awards, he in all probability has one other one coming too. It should be a dream for me.’
Nonetheless, neither Depay or Messi haven’t been formally registered as Barcelona gamers but because the membership continues to battle to adjust to LaLiga guidelines amid their monetary turmoil.
The Catalans are desperately making an attempt to dump gamers as they give the impression of being to scale back their depleted wage invoice – which is 40 per cent over LaLiga’s wage cap – with a number of gamers anticipated to depart the membership.
Laporta is unable to register Depay or Messi till he cuts down Barcelona’s wage price range
Left-back Junior Firpo has already been shipped out in a £13million deal to Leeds whereas one of many key gamers set to depart is French ahead Antoine Griezmann – who could possibly be let go through a swap cope with Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.
Spanish information outlet Sport additionally report that Barca will ask ask senior first-team stars Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba to take wage cuts in an effort to fund their incomings.
The necessity to shift gamers is available in a 12 months when Barcelona introduced a £1billion debt in February of this 12 months, whereas 4 tax audits have additionally circled the membership over latest months to find out how dangerous the European giants’ monetary state of affairs truly is.