Memphis Depay dismisses talk of a January switch to Barcelona as he underlines his ‘100 per cent commitment’ to ‘beautiful and hungry’ Lyon after failing to land a Nou Camp move last summer
- Memphis Depay has been linked with a move to Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona side
- Depay has dismissed talks and says he is ‘100 per cent’ committed to Lyon now
- The 26-year-old believes that talking about his future will make him ‘lose focus’
- He claims ‘many clubs’ are interested in him, but he is focused on working hard
The 26-year-old forward – who will be a free agent at the end of the season and he has been heavily linked with a move to the Catalans – insists he is ‘100 per cent focused on Lyon right now’.
Depay claims there are ‘many clubs’ interested in him, but his priority is ‘working hard and winning matches’ as thinking about his future could cause him to ‘lose focus’.
Memphis Depay has frequently been linked with a move to Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona side
According to Marca, Depay said: ‘We have a great team, a great collective spirit and, while I don’t know what will happen later, I’m 100 per cent focused on Lyon right now.
‘I’m a player, a captain and the most important thing is working hard and winning matches. If I think about my own future, then I could lose focus.
‘I can’t say anything about that [Barcelona interest], there are many clubs that are interested but right now I’m here.’
Koeman insists additions in January are essential to salvage their season after a poor run
However, Depay has dismissed talks and says he is ‘100 per cent’ committed to Lyon now
Depay added that the hope of Champions League football next year has encouraged him to commit to the Ligue 1 club.
He said: ‘We’re creating a beautiful and hungry team and we improve with each game.
‘I don’t like to think beyond the next match, that’s the most important thing to focus on.
‘Our goal is still to qualify for the next Champions League.’
The 26-year-old believes that talking about his future will make him ‘lose focus’ at Lyon
However, Koeman keen to bring in both Depay and Eric Garcia (above) to the club in January
However, Ronald Koeman is preparing to increase pressure on Barcelona‘s board to bring in both Depay and Eric Garcia to the club in January after failing to in the summer.
Long-term injuries to Ansu Fati and Gerard Pique have left holes in attack and defence and Koeman insists additions in January are essential to salvage their season.
Should Depay agree to join Barcelona, he will be reunited with Koeman – having played under him with the Holland national team.
Securing his signature will not be easy for Barcelona as the LaLiga giants have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with the club announcing a grim set of economic figures in October.
As well as an £88million loss in the financial year, they revealed their net debt had doubled to £440m.