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Memphis Depay makes U-turn on his leaving Barcelona

Netherland striker, Memphis Depay has made a U-turn on his porputed plans to leave Barcelona this summer, Newspremises has learnt.

Depay had in July, ruled out any possibility of leaving the Blaugrana for another club amid exit rumours.

The 28-year-old encountered a difficult past season at Barcelona as he fell down the pecking order in manager Xavi Hernandez’s attack following the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres from Arsenal and Manchester City respectively in January.

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However, according to Spanish outlet, Mundo Deportivo, Depay is now pushing to leave Barcelona just one year after signing for them.

The former Manchester United star has accepted his time is up at Camp Nou, following the club’s heavy recruitment this summer.

Depay joined the Catalan club as a free agent at the end of his Lyon contract last summer and went on to score 13 goals in 38 appearances for the Blaugrana during the past campaign.

But Barcelona have made five signings, two of which offer extra competition for Depay in terms of making Xavi’s starting XI.

Robert Lewandowski is expected to be the centrepiece of Barca after his £42million arrival from Bayern Munich, while winger Raphinha has also joined the club from Leeds United, in a deal worth up to £55m.

Speculation on Depay’s future has heightened after he was forced to relinquish the number nine shirt at Barcelona, in favour of Lewandowski.

Depay is linked with Tottenham, Juventus, Newcastle, Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain as Barcelona are determined to let some players out of the door so they can register their new additions amid their well-documented financial issues.

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