Barcelona coach Xabi Hernandez revealed the reason for transferring Memphis Depay to rival team Atletico Madrid during the season.

Atletico announced the signing of Depay through the club’s official website on the 20th (Korean time). His contract is for two and a half years until June 2025.

On the same day, Barcelona also said on its official website, “Depay will wear the Atletico uniform with an option of 3 million euros (about 4 billion won in Korean currency) and 1 million euros. I have,” he said.

With this, Atlético can fill the vacancy of Joao Felix, who left for Chelsea.

On the other hand, Barcelona sent the player who scored the most goals in the team last season to a league rival during the season. 스포츠토토

Barcelona and Atletico have been fiercely competing in La Liga and European competition for the past decade. Although Atletico has been slowing down a bit this season, a total of three teams have competed for the league championship, including Real Madrid.

It is not easy to think of sending excellent attacking resources to a rival team during the season, but Barcelona coolly allowed the transfer.

According to Spain’s Cadena Ser, Xavi said: “Depay wanted to leave the team. After receiving an offer from Atlético, he spoke to me. Depay came directly to me and asked me to let him go.” “I was uncomfortable with it. I wanted to play more and be seen as a more important player. This transfer was for the best for both of us.”

He also explained the cheap transfer fee. Xavi said, “Atlético said, ‘It depends on financial fair play.

He continued, “With this contract, we have a clause on the signing of Carrasco. We will know at the end of the season whether we will trigger this clause.”

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