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Memphis Depay on his decision to join Atletico Madrid from Barcelona: “I’m very happy”

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Memphis Depay left Barcelona to join Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window in a deal worth €3 million plus €1 million in variables.

The Dutchman had fallen out of favour at Camp Nou and decided to move to the Civitas Metropolitano, with the Rojiblancos signing him as a replacement for Joao Felix, who left for Chelsea on loan.

Earlier today, Depay scored his first-ever goal for Atletico Madrid, helping Diego Simeone’s side to an important 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo.

Having come on as a substitute for Alvaro Morata around the hour mark, the Netherlands international scored the only goal of the game in the 89th minute to lead a ten-man Atletico Madrid side to a win.

Speaking after the game, Depay spoke of his decision to leave Barcelona for Atletico Madrid in the winter and admitted that he was happy to have made the move and is looking forward to score many more goals in Los Rojiblancos’ colours.

As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Depay said: “I’m very happy. I came to this beautiful club to score goals. I’m just waiting for more opportunities to score more to be important for the team.”

Depay has played four games for Atletico Madrid so far since his move from Barcelona and has netted one goal.

The former Manchester United star’s contract with the Colchoneros runs until the summer of 2025. Having failed to make the most of his time in Barcelona, Depay will be hoping to get his club career back up and running with Simeone & co.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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