Memphis Depay insists himself, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero can all play together as the trio are ‘compatible and different’ as striker looks to make impact after ‘dream’ Barcelona move
- Memphis Depay joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Lyon this summer
- New team-mate Sergio Aguero made a similar move from Manchester City
- Depay hope they will now be able to form a front three alongside Lionel Messi
- Messi is still yet to agree a new contract at the Nou Camp but talks are ongoing
- Depay also believes working with manger Ronald Koeman will help him settle
Memphis Depay insists that alongside Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero they can form a key front three at Barcelona next season.
Depay arrived at the Nou Camp over the summer on a free transfer from Lyon in a ‘dream’ move for the 27-year-old, just after Aguero made a similar switch from Manchester City following the expiry of their respective contracts.
Although Messi’s deal also expired at Barcelona at the end of June, talks are still ongoing over agreeing a new contract and Depay insists that given the different attacking styles of the trio, they could all combine to devastating effect next season.
Memphis Depay (above) is hoping to form a trio with Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi this year
Depay joined Barca on a free contract this summer following the expiry of his Lyon deal
‘It would be amazing to play with [Messi]. Hopefully it is possible. He has a number of qualities that the team needs and it would be important to build everything around that,’ he told Sport.
‘There is a lot of talent in the team. It would be great for me to play alongside him and win titles.
‘We have many attackers, but all different in my opinion. I have different abilities and strengths than Sergio Aguero, for example, or any other player.
Aguero (left) is also a new signing from Manchester City, while Messi is in talks over a new deal
‘I think the three of us are compatible and different, but we are going to see how everything happens.’
Depay’s move to Barcelona had been a year in the waiting, with Nou Camp boss Ronald Koeman having hoped to sign him last summer after taking charge at the club where he won the Champions League in his playing days.
Koeman and Depay had a good relationship working together at international level while the Dutchman was in charge of the national side and the former Manchester United winger believes this will help him settle quicker in his new surroundings.
Depay believes his good relationship with manager Ronald Koeman will help him settle
The duo have previously worked together well while with the Holland national team
‘[Koeman] has had a great impact on me, in important years,’ he added. ‘He was able to change the Netherlands team, he counted on me, he gave me confidence.
‘Now he has wanted to count on me for this adventure in Barcelona, so he has undoubtedly been a relevant figure.
‘I know him and how he trains, so it’s easier for me to adapt. I know what he expects of me, we’ve been working together for a long time. Even with him on the bench it will obviously not be easy at all, but it is clear that it is a good thing. Without him it would have been different.’