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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Memphis Depay from Barcelona

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Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Netherlands international forward Memphis Depay from La Liga rivals Barcelona, the clubs have officially confirmed.

The 28-year-old had become a top target for Diego Simeone’s side following the departures of Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix to Wolves and Chelsea, respectively.

They entered into negotiations with Barcelona for Depay, but were unwilling to pay any fee for his services as the Dutchman had just six months left on his contract.

However, the La Liga leaders demanded either a fee of €7 million or the inclusion of Yannick Carrasco in the deal, which led to doubts about a possible move as the Rojiblancos were unwilling to agree to either condition.

Ultimately, though, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona struck an agreement over a deal worth €3 million plus another €1 million in potential add-ons.

Personal terms were not an issue as Depay wanted to move to Atletico Madrid, having struggled for game-time at Barcelona this season.

The 28-year-old completed his medicals in Madrid on Thursday and has signed a contract with the Colchoneros that runs until the summer of 2025.

Depay, thus, technically becomes the second player to sign for Atletico Madrid from Barcelona this season, after Antoine Griezmann’s loan deal was converted into a permanent transfer.

A versatile forward with plenty of experience at the highest level, Depay can be a good signing for Atletico if utilised right.

The Rojiblancos have struggled in the final third this season and will be hoping that the former Manchester United man’s arrival changes that in the coming weeks and months.

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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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