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Ronald Koeman explains the reason for Memphis’ exit from Barcelona



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Memphis Depay’s move from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid might well be the most significant winter transfer in the Spanish League. A player with such quality moving from one of the league’s giants to another could well have implications on the title race.

The Dutchman did not see many minutes under Xavi Hernandez and quickly fell down the pecking order after the legendary midfielder’s takeover at the club. After all, he was not a signing Barcelona undertook under Xavi.

Memphis moved to Barcelona under the tenure of ex-manager Ronald Koeman, with whom he has worked closely in the past too at the Dutch National setup.

Earlier today, Koeman spoke during his re-appointment as the manager of the Oranjes where he touched upon the topic of Depay’s situation.

Memphis was not comfortable with his situation at Barcelona. Now he will have minutes at Atlético Madrid.”

The winger’s newfound prominence under Diego Simeone undoubtedly comes as music to the former Barcelona manager’s ears as he will not see a more in-form and game-ready Depay in the National setup.

The former Lyon captain was Barcelona’s main player under Ronald Koeman in a different setup that saw him as the protagonist.

In just 13 appearances under the Dutch manager in 2021-22, Depay scored four goals and provided three assists for the Catalans. Xavi took over midway through the season and his involvement on the field gradually reduced, yet, the winger finished the La Liga season with twelve goals and two assists.

He made his debut for the Rojiblancos in the team’s clash against Real Valladolid at the weekend. In just 15 minutes on the field, he recorded one blocked shot and completed over 90% of his attempted passes.

Source: Netherlands Twitter

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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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