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Barcelona unhappy with the out-of-favor forward’s behavior 

Dutch forward Memphis Depay has been way below the pecking order for Barcelona for a long period of time since Xavi Hernandez took over the duties from Ronald Koeman. The former Manchester United player had a fair share of struggles lately and is struggling to make his presence felt. However, now even the club is beginning to get frustrated by it, as per reports in Spain. 

Popular Catalonian reporter Gerard Romero claimed in one of his recent reports that the player does not share a good relationship with the club or manager. He has been more or less frozen out by Xavi and it would be fair to assume his time with the Catalan giants is likely to end this January window, with multiple clubs across Europe eager to pick the player up. 

The forward was given a green signal to have conversations with other clubs to try and join them in January for a cut-short fee, instead of leaving Barcelona as a free agent when his contract expires in the summer of 2023. Although there were interests from Inter Milan and Manchester United, it seems that Atletico Madrid are front-runners to get his signature. 

Currently, the topic Depay’s departure remains to be a matter of great discussion, Romero is saying that the club management is of the idea that the forward has not adapted well to the dressing room. There are also allegations on him that he deliberately claimed injuries despite not having any of them before the 2022 FIFA World Cup as he was upset with the manager not choosing him regularly. 

Depay, as it turns out, turned up in each of Netherlands’ five games during the tournament, scoring a solitary goal. Although the player was not at his razor sharp best, he scored a goal in the pre-quarterfinal against the USA when the Dutch ended up winning 3-0. 

Depay was touted as one of Europe’s brightest talents during his days with PSV. It was during this period when Manchester United’s then-manager Louis van Gaal decided to sign him up for the English club, where he was given the prestigious No. 7 jersey. After a failed spell with them, he moved to Lyon where he scored an impressive 76 goals in 178 appearances. 

Barcelona signed the player in 2021 under Dutch coach Ronald Koeman and over the last two seasons, he has scored only 14 goals across 42 appearances.