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Memphis Depay Makes His Debut Appearance As A Barcelona Player At Camp Nou Admitting The Move Is A Dream

Memphis Depay expressed his delight at joining ‘dream’ club Barcelona when he was presented as a Catalan on Thursday at the Camp Nou.
The 27-year-old has joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Lyon, and will work with manager Ronald Koeman, whom he knows from his stint with the Netherlands national side.
Depay showed off his skills in Barcelona colors on Thursday after being escorted onto the pitch by club president Joan Laporta, stating that joining the LaLiga giants is a dream come true for him.
Memphis Depay was introduced by Barcelona president Joan Laporta (left) after his move from Lyon on Thursday. The forward tweeted on Thursday night: ‘I want to thank the president, the entire board of Barcelona, the coach, and my own squad for making my dream a reality.’
‘More than anything else, I want to thank God for leading me throughout my life!
‘I have no words to describe how I feel right now, but I am extremely grateful,’ Depay said. Depay is also looking forward to reuniting with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, who is likely to sign a five-year contract with the club later this summer despite his initial contract expiring on June 30.
‘You witnessed what he did in the Copa America, he’s a legend, the best player in the world.’
I’m really excited to play with him since his talent is undeniable.
All I have to do now is make my runs, and I’m confident the ball will follow.
‘Because he has too much quality, he can do everything with the ball,’ Depay said of Lionel Messi, who will sign a five-year contract with Barcelona.
Everyone in the world, I believe, would like to play with someone like that.
‘I had a tour of the museum yesterday and saw all of the Ballon d’Or prizes; he’ll definitely win another one soon.’
It’ll be a dream come true for me.’ Nevertheless, neither Depay nor Messi have been legally registered since Barcelona players as the club continues to struggle to comply with LaLiga requirements due to financial difficulties.
The Catalans are desperately seeking to transfer players in order to cut their depleted wage bill, which is currently 40% above than LaLiga’s salary cap, with many players poised to depart.
Laporta is unable to register Depay or Messi unless he reduces Barcelona’s wage budget. Left-back Junior Firpo has already been sold to Leeds for PS13 million, and one of the major players due to leave is French forward Antoine Griezmann, who might be traded for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.
Barca will reportedly ask senior first-team stars Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, and Jordi Alba to take pay cuts in order to bankroll their incomings, according to Spanish news outlet Sport.
The need to replace players comes after Barcelona declared a PS1 billion debt in February, and four tax audits have circled the club in recent months to assess how terrible the European giants’ financial condition is.

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