Memphis Depay has ‘amazing quality,’ says Sergi Roberto


Netherlands' forward Memphis Depay reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification Group G football match between Turkey and The Netherlands at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, in Istanbul, on March 24, 2021.

Sergi Roberto has been talking about new signing Memphis Depay and says the Barcelona players have already seen the Dutchman’s “amazing quality” on the training ground.

Depay was officially unveiled as a Barcelona player on Thursday and is expected to make his debut in Saturday’s friendly against Girona.

Here’s what Roberto’s had to say:

“Everyone knows about Depay. He has incredible quality, and he’s proven this for Lyon and the Dutch national team,” he said. “He’s a fantastic player, and after only a few training sessions you can see the amazing quality that he possesses. I’m sure that he’ll be able to help us a lot this season, and I’m sure he can’t wait to get started.” IMG-20210724-043922-984

Roberto is fit again after missing the end of last season through injury and could also feature again for Barcelona on Saturday after starting Wednesday’s win over Nastic.

There’s been speculation Roberto could be moved on this summer but the versatile 29-year-old says he’s looking forward to the new season with the Catalan giants.

“We’re all working to our limits. It’s been really hot, but this will help us get into shape before the domestic season begins,” he added. “We’re all very happy. We’ve played our first match of pre-season, which went well, and now we need to continue with our preparations. We’re excited about the upcoming season, and we have a team that is ready to fight on all fronts.”

Source | Sport

Roberto’s deal at Barcelona expires next summer and his future still appears a little unclear with conflicting reports flying about. The latest update suggested Bayern Munich were keen on a loan move for the right-back but it’s not clear if he’s interested in leaving Barca.

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