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Memphis Depay wants Barca exit after falling out of favour with Xavi

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By Martin Graham | 8th Jan 2023

Memphis Depay craves a return to Manchester United, as he sees minutes hard to come by in Barcelona. The Dutch forward is rarely used by Xavi, who seems not to fancy the former Lyon striker.

How Barcelona snared several top players despite their financial issues should be studied. Following the maladministration of Sandro Rosell and Josep Bartomeu, Barcelona found themselves in a tight spot, with difficulty signing players. They eventually pulled it off by bringing some exciting talents.

The situation at the Nou Camp has not changed much, despite the Catalan side sitting on top of La Liga Santander. The arrival of players like Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Jules Kounde and Marcos Alonso boosted the squad. However, it has not been happy faces on the Barcelona bench.

While some players are getting regular game time, others are moaning at their inability to get into the starting 11. Memphis Depay is one of the players who are unhappy with the situation in the club. The Dutchman wants to leave for greener pastures, as Xavi has shown he is not keen to give Depay a starting role. Depay hopes to return to Manchester United.

Depay wants out of Barcelona

It has not been rosy for Memphis Depay at the Nou Camp. The Dutch forward arrived at the Nou Camp with plenty of expectations, but things have not gone to script for him. Depay has seen his two-year spell with Los Blaugrana as a painful experience and is keen to cut it short.

With games hard to come by under Xavi, Depay seems to have had enough and wants to leave. The Barcelona outcast has decided that Manchester United is the place to be, as he feels he could get more regular game time under Dutch manager Erik Ten Hag.

The arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich is part of the frustration the Dutchman has had to endure. It has forced him out of the first team this season. Depay has made only two La Liga appearances this season – a situation he finds untenable.

Bad United experience

Depay has a Barcelona contract that expires at the end of the season, with no offers from Barcelona yet. The Dutchman finds himself in a situation that suggests he could leave the club in the summer or January if a decent bid arrives. It is unlikely that Barcelona would stand in his way if an offer comes.

Spanish outlet Sport reports that Depay has decided where he wants to go. The former Lyon striker wants to return to the Premier League, with Man United as his best option. There have been links for the Red Devils to the Dutchman this month as they look to sign a striker that would not cost mega-bucks.

Depay had a spell to forget at Old Trafford. He joined the club in 2015 with plenty of fanfare under Louis van Gaal. Things didn’t work out for him at the Premier League side. He was transferred to Lyon the following season after Jose Mourinho saw him as a surplus to requirement.

Depay revived his career at Lyon, which earned him a transfer to Barcelona in 2021. Meanwhile, Barcelona is looking to offload players after the summer splurge.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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