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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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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer

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Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.

This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.

This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.

That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.

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