The striker feels he deserves more opportunities with others misfiring
Memphis Depay was quite clear about his desire to continue at Barcelona until the end of the season, but the first game after his return he was on the bench and did not come on against Espanyol despite the attacking problems Xavi's side had.
The Dutchman does not understand his ostracism despite the fact that he looks fitter than other footballers with more minutes than him. He is starting to get tired because he believes that his lack of minutes does not come down to sporting criteria. He has more than complied when given chances but the club have not bet on him.
The situation therefore, is the same as in summer. Barça would open the doors for him to leave, but now they have made it clear to him that if he wishes to leave, it must be through a transfer and forgiving the six months that remain on his contract. The impossibility of registering signings due to the salary limit has toughened the conditions for players who wish to leave, which is why Memphis would have initially opted to fulfill the contract to go free in June.
Memphis has received interest from several major teams to leave in January. In the Premier League, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all after a striker, while in Italy there are several teams, such as Juventus or Roma, that would sign him without thinking twice. The problem is that the Dutchman wants to maintain his current salary and that could only happen by leaving as a free agent or on loan until the end of his contract.
His sporting situation is complicated and incomprehensible both for him and for his camp. Memphis has fully recovered from his injury and in the minutes that he has played this season with Barça he has done really well. By being able to play in all three attacking positions, he is a perfect wild card for Xavi, but against Espanyol he was not used again. The Copa del Rey could be small prize for a footballer who also had good performances at the World Cup.
There are weeks left in the January window and it will be necessary to see if a solution is found because he seems to be playing very little at Camp Nou.
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