Why did Depay choose Barcelona?

Why did Depay choose Barcelona?

Barcelona announced the transfer of Memphis Depay, having signed a contract with the Dutchman for two years.

Memphis Depay managed to reincarnate a career at Lyon after a terrible period at Manchester United. In the last season of Ligue 1 alone, the player scored 20 goals and made 12 assists in 37 league games. After such indicators, it would be strange if the top clubs were not seriously interested in them.

Moreover, his former manager is Ronald Koeman, with whom Depay worked productively in the national team, and the coach knows his capabilities very well. The winger's contract with Lyon will expire on 30th June, so the Catalans will not lose a cent on the purchase of the footballer. At the same time, a two-year contract was signed with the forward, which apparently hints at the length of his stay at Koeman’s club.

But one way or another, Depay had other options, but he chose Barcelona and there are reasons for that besides close relationship with the coach. After Blaugranas announced an agreement with the player in the social meadia, Depay himself tweeted the following,

“Dream big kid.. Dream big. Super excited to join my new club!”, Memphis wrote.

What else can this transfer mean? As for us, this is an attempt to protect onesself from failure in the national team. In the first match, Depay performed well against Ukraine at Euro 2020. Then there was Austria, which he scored from the penalty spot. Even the head coach of the Netherlands, Frank De Boer, noted the difficulty of adapting for his main star.

We think that is why Depay accepted the offer from Barcelona, despite the fact that it is designed for a ridiculous two years. Familiar coach, he is expected at Camp Nou, regardless of the performances at the Euro. What could be better? In any case, we would like to hope that Depay will be able to show his maximum at a serious level after the failure at Manchester United. 27 years is the age when it is too late to make mistakes, especially for an attacking footballer.