Memphis Depay ‘to decide future next week amid Manchester United links’

Manchester United-linked Memphis Depay will make a decision on his future when he returns to Barcelona training next week, according to a report.

Memphis Depay It is reported that he will make a decision about his future when he returns Barcelona training next week.

The 28-year-old was in action for the Netherlands at the 2022 World Cup, making five appearances in the competition, scoring one goal, as the European nation reached the quarter-finals of the competition.

The striker is now preparing to return to his club, with XaviThe team is working towards the return of competitive action, which for them arrives at home to Espanyol on December 31.

Memphis has only played Barcelona three times this season, and the Dutchman has spent a long season on the sidelines with a thigh problem.

However, he showed his fitness during the World Cup, coming off the bench against Senegal and Ecuador before starting against Qatar, USA and Argentina.

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Memphis only has a contract at Camp Nou until next June, and Manchester United They are believed to be considering re-signing their former player, with the Red Devils looking to sign a striker to replace him. Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to Sport, the Dutchman will meet with Barcelona coach Xavi next week to discuss his future, but the club wants to keep him until the end of the season.

At one point, it seemed that the Catalan side were willing to let him leave for free in January in order to withdraw his salary, but this is supposedly no longer the case.

Sports director of Barcelona Jordi Cruyff He also recently suggested the striker was not available in January, regardless of his contract situation.

“In the end, for example, the situation of Memphis, who has been injured this season and has not been able to be as present as he wanted and as the team wanted,” Cruyff explained to Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona's Memphis Depay celebrates the goal against Elche on September 17, 2022© Reuters

“It is also true that in the games prior to his injury he was playing as a starter and with some very beautiful goals. This thinking every week that you are as good as the last game makes no sense. In the end You also have to think that (Robert) Lewandowski will be suspended for three games today.

“The equations are made, not by Memphis, but by anyone, that if a Barça player leaves to bring another, you can consider it. But if that won’t give you ‘fair play’ either, why do- hear it

“Now, going back to Memphis, saying that he has always had an impeccable attitude in terms of effort and Xavi will be the first to say it.

“He always says that he is a player who does not cause problems, who always tries his best and when he had to be there he was there and responded.

“Therefore, today we are not thinking about the exits but about having a competitive team for the second round, with the same line from the first round and Memphis, if he recovers from his injury, and is showing it to the national team, is a player who can help a lot at any club he is at.”

Memphis has scored 14 goals and registered two assists in 41 appearances for Barcelona since arriving at the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2021.

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