‘I Love Competition and Don’t Walk Away From It’: Barcelona Attacker Confirms Rejecting Multiple Offers to Stay With Them

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Memphis Depay has confirmed that he was the subject to transfer interest from multiple clubs but opted to stay and fight for his future at Barcelona. The Dutchman scored in his side’s last La Liga game, marking his first of the new season.

Memphis Depay Confirms He Stayed at Barcelona Despite Widespread Interest

Depay Opens up on What Happened in Summer Transfer Window.

Ahead of the Netherlands’ upcoming matches in the UEFA Nations League, the winger was asked about what exactly went down for him in the summer after having the number nine shirt taken away from him by Robert Lewandowski and realising that he probably won’t be a first-team regular anymore.

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He told ESPN: “In the summer, other clubs came and then you just look at your options so I decided to fight for my chance at Barcelona.

“I love competition and I don’t walk away from it. I enjoy being at Barça.” Despite being the club’s joint-highest goalscorer last season, Depay has been reduced to the role of a squad player in Xavi Hernandez’s squad this season – making just two starts in La Liga in the first six games of the new campaign.

Depay Opted to Stay at Barcelona Despite Interest From Multiple Clubs

The 28-year-old was given the freedom to leave the Camp Nou in the summer after the club made it clear that he wouldn’t be a regular starter after the arrival of Lewandowski and Raphinha. Several European sides tried to pounce on his uncertain situation by making a ploy for him throughout the summer transfer window.

Serie A giants Juventus tried to sign him as a free agent, but the deal just didn’t work out for all parties. Chelsea even tried a last-minute move for the Dutch winger but Depay himself rejected a late offer from the Premier League side.

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The 28-year-old is now ready to fight for his position at the La Liga club and needs to be consistent to keep playing ahead of the likes of Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele or Ansu Fati.