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Netherlands international Memphis Depay admitted Wednesday the negotiations to sign for FC Barcelona and suggested that in the near future he could join the Blaugrana club.
“The agreement was very close. We don’t have to go into all the details, but it was actually almost closed. Unfortunately, certain rules stopped him ”, said the footballer with resignation to the Dutch television NOS after the defeat of the Netherlands against Mexico (0-1).
“What happened happened, life is like that”, the striker reflected. “I have to focus again on Olympique de Lyon, be important there and then we’ll see how things go,” he added.
“No one can foresee the future. If I do what I have to do well, the interest in me will continue and maybe then it will happen”He said in reference to his eventual transfer to Barcelona in the next winter market.
The Barça coach, Ronald Koeman, acknowledged last Monday your interest in getting the services of your compatriot and said he hoped that the negotiations would come to fruition, which in the end did not happen despite the fact that Olympique de Lyon lowered the player’s price, according to the Dutch press.
Depay, 26, has a contract with the French club until summer 2021. He formed in the ranks of PSV Eindhoven, a team with which he won the Dutch Eredivisie and became a top scorer in the 2014/15 season. Later he went through Manchester United, where he spent a season and a half and did not meet expectations.