Memphis Depay has admitted his future at Barcelona is uncertain amid rumours of a potential return to former club Manchester United.
Memphis joined Barcelona as a free agent in the summer of 2021 after impressing at Lyon and enjoyed a solid first season at Camp Nou, getting 13 goals in 38 appearances.
Despite that output, he dropped down the pecking order at the club with Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha being signed in the summer.
The Dutchman looked as though he could leave during the summer just gone and was linked with a move to Juventus in particular, as well as Manchester United, but ultimately opted to stay put.
Memphis is currently on course to be out of contract at the of the season. He could even leave Camp Nou in January and the sudden departure of Cristiano Ronaldo has left his former club in need of even more extra bodies up front, raising speculation of a possible reunion.
Memphis has admitted it is far from certain he will remain at his Barcelona, although he isn’t prepared to think about his club future until after the World Cup.
“I don’t want to think about the past, I’m focused on the World Cup. I also don’t want to think beyond this competition. I don’t know what will happen after the World Cup,” he said.
Memphis has been out injured for almost two months and wasn’t fit enough to start the Netherlands’ opening match against Senegal, which ended 2-0 to the Dutch.
The forward says he has fully recovered now though and is keen to help his nation improve.
“I am very happy to play again. I have needed a long time to reappear. It hasn’t been easy mentally, but I’ve worked hard to get there and I’ve played half an hour. It’s a step. It’s incredible to play football again,” he said.
“If you don’t play well but win 2-0 against the African champion, you can’t not be happy, but we have to improve. Now we are happy, but from tomorrow it is time to think about Ecuador. The injury has been hard, but I’m already recovered and I’m enjoying a World Cup.”
Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders, Grizz Khan and Jack Gallagher to look back on France ’98 as part of the ‘Our World Cup’ series. We take a trip down memory lane – join us!
If you can’t see the podcast embed, click here to download or listen to the episode in full!
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders and Toby Cudworth to look back on South Korea/Japan ’02 as part of the ‘Our World Cup’ series. We take a trip down memory lane – join us!
If you can’t see the podcast embed, click to download or listen to the episode in full!
Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
Scott Saunders hosts Graeme Bailey in the latest episode of Talking Transfers, discussing Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview and his future, Man Utd’s interest in Cody Gakpo, plus the latest on Endrick and Rafael Leao. Available on all audio platforms.
If you can’t see the podcast embed, click here to download the episode in full!
In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
Lionel Messi reacts to Argentina reaching World Cup knockouts
Minnesota United make Joseph Rosales loan permanent
Atlanta United sign former Columbus Crew forward Derrick Etienne Jr via free agency
Best site to watch football live (Free and premium)
Best app to buy sports tickets 2022
10 Footballers who went to university during their careers
BUNDESLIGA2 weeks ago
Youssoufa Moukoko discusses Borussia Dortmund future
Football1 week ago
Lionel Messi speaks out after Argentina lose to Saudi Arabia
Football2 weeks ago
Portugal vs Nigeria: Confirmed lineups
EPL2 weeks ago
Cristiano Ronaldo explains why he ‘would be happy’ to see Arsenal win Premier League
Football1 week ago
The best goals from 2022 World Cup Matchday 1