Tottenham target explains why he rejected Barcelona exit

Memphis Depay has opened up about his choice not to leave FC Barcelona this summer despite reported interest from the likes of Tottenham, with the attacker looking to leave Catalonia throughout the window.

Speaking to the press via GBeNeFN, the Netherlands’ international revealed that he turned down the option to leave Barcelona due to the quality of the competition the summer transfer window offered to Depay at the club, with Xavi Hernandez signing Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha as well as retained Ousmane Dembele.

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left for Chelsea, Depay stayed with the attacker starting Barcelona’s last two games, scoring in their most recent fixture in a 3-0 win at home to Elche as the La Liga giants currently sit second in the standings behind El Clasico. rivals Real Madrid.

Depay was linked with a £17m exit from Barcelona all summer with Tottenham one of the clubs reportedly interested in signing the former Manchester United winger, however, according to the player himself, the best option come the end of the summer was to stay in Catalonia and to fight for his place in the squad.

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The Barcelona striker said: “They were able to get a lot of players. I have weighed my options. Certain clubs came in. I was the top scorer with [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang last season. It’s not that I didn’t show anything. It’s not that I just walk away because there are competitors. I like the competition.”

Depay added: “I’m a Barcelona player and I’m having a good time at the club. The people are nice. I’m just having a good time. You have to accept the choices that the coach makes. That doesn’t mean you have to walk away. I like to show that I am better than someone else. I do that at training sessions and then it’s up to the trainer who plays.”

Depay opting not to leave Barcelona could work out for the best

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With Tottenham signing Richarlison this summer from Everton, adding Depay to the mix might have been a bridge too far for Antonio Conte and working on how to fix all his quality attackers into the same system, and so far for the Dutch forward, remaining in Barcelona is working out quite well.

Indeed, the 28-year-old is getting minutes under Xavi and Depay is already on the scoresheet for the season, and whilst the attacker won’t play nearly as much as he did last term given the arrival of Lewandowski, the forward could still play a key role for Xavi’s side as they look to challenge Madrid for the La Liga title.

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