“I am focused on the World Cup”

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Barcelona star Memphis Depay has refused to discuss his future at the club after returning from injury in the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Senegal at the World Cup.

Depay was out through injury after sustaining an injury while on international duty in September. He made one appearance as a substitute for the Dutch against Senegal and was instrumental in the 2-0 win.

Speaking to the media after the match, Depay said (via SPORT):

“I’m very happy to play again. It took me a long time to reappear, it wasn’t easy mentally, but I worked hard to get there and played for half an hour. It’s a stage. It’s amazing to play football again.”

Depay added more flair to his side’s attack as the onset was key to setting up Davy Klaasen’s stoppage-time goal. Assessing his team’s performance, Depay said:

“If you don’t play well but you win 2-0 against the African champions, you can’t not be happy, but we have to improve. Now we are happy, but from tomorrow it’s time to think about Ecuador.

Depay declined to comment on his future at Barcelona. The former Manchester United man has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou and has made just three appearances this season.

He said:

“I don’t know what will happen after the World Cup. The injury was tough, but I’m already healed and enjoying a World Cup. We have a good team that can prove things. 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.”

The Barcelona midfielder hit the club ahead of the FIFA World Cup

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Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong recently denounced the club’s authorities over his transfer saga over the summer. De Jong was linked with several clubs over the summer.

Speaking to Mike Verweij, De Jong said (via Barca Universal):

“I blame these people [those at Barca who wanted him to leave], but I have nothing to do with them. Yes, they are Barça for me because they run the club. But I don’t see them when I’m at the club. I have nothing to do with them in my daily life.”

He added:

“One day a newspaper published the details of my contract. I didn’t disclose it and only one other party knew about it, so surely the club did.”

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By Peter Kavinsky

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