Xavi wants Memphis Depay to stay at Barcelona after Manchester United transfer link

    Barcelona's Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring the 2-0 lead during a Spanish LaLiga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Elche CF at Spotify Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, 17 September 2022. EPA/Quique Garcia
    Memphis Depay has been linked with a return to Manchester United (EPA)

    Xavi insists he wants Memphis Depay to stay at Barcelona as Manchester United consider a move for the Dutch forward.

    Depay joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Lyon in 2021 but has fallen out of favour this season, starting just two games in La Liga so far.

    The 28-year-old’s contract expires this summer and United are reportedly exploring the possibility of a cut-price deal for their former player in the January transfer window.

    However, Xavi has made it clear to Barcelona’s hierarchy that he wants to keep Depay for the remainder of the season.

    ‘I don’t want anyone to leave. I’m delighted with the squad,’ Xavi said when asked about Depay’s future at Barcelona.

    RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto/Shutterstock (13372663bh) Memphis Depay centre-forward of Barcelona and Netherlands during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Viktoria Plzen at Spotify Camp Nou on September 7, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. FC Barcelona v Viktoria Plzen: Group C - UEFA Champions League, Spain - 07 Sep 2022
    Memphis Depay has started just two games in La Liga this season (NurPhoto/Shutterstock)

    ‘It seems there won’t be a market for us. I’m happy with Depay.

    ‘His attitude is good and he will be important for us. He has the ability to make a difference. He’ll have minutes. Like all of them.’

    Depay was initially signed by United in a £31 million deal from PSV in 2015 but the Netherlands international struggled to make an impact during his time at Old Trafford.

    But United are reportedly exploring the possibility of re-signing Depay this month as they look to sign a new forward following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure during the World Cup.

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