Manchester United want to sign Memphis Depay but Xavi wants the striker to stay at Barcelona despite the Reds’ interest in returning

Barcelona man­ag­er Xavi has admit­ted he wants to keep Mem­phis Depay this month.

The strik­er has made just two appear­ances in La Liga.

Depay, 28, has been linked with a return to Man­ches­ter Unit­ed, where he played between 2015 and 2017.

But despite the strik­er’s lack of suc­cess, Xavi wants the Dutch­man to stay at Barcelona.

When asked about Depay’s future, the 42-year-old replied, “He does­n’t want any­one out.” I am hap­py with this team.

There seems to be no “mar­ket”. I am hap­py with Depay.

“He has a good atti­tude and will be impor­tant to us. He has the abil­i­ty to make a difference.

“He will get a chance. Like every­one else.”

Depay orig­i­nal­ly joined Man­ches­ter Unit­ed from PSV in the sum­mer of 2015.

He appeared in 53 games for the Red Dev­ils, scor­ing just sev­en points and pro­vid­ing six assists.

A year and a half lat­er, the strik­er moved to Ligue 1 side Lyon, where his for­tunes changed.

Depay scored 76 goals and pro­vid­ed 55 assists in 178 appear­ances for Lyon before mov­ing to Barcelona on a free trans­fer in the sum­mer of 2021.

After scor­ing 13 goals in his debut for the Cata­lan side, he has been for­got­ten this season.

The mus­cu­lar for­ward, who can also play on the wing, has made just two La Liga appear­ances this sea­son (last in September).

He missed the World Cup with a thigh injury, but was part of the Dutch nation­al team in Qatar.

Depay came on as a sub­sti­tute in a 1–1 draw with Barcelon­a’s Espany­ol, who returned to domes­tic com­pe­ti­tion last Saturday.

Like the Red Dev­ils, New­cas­tle are said to be on the verge of sign­ing Depay in January.

Juven­tus had already shown inter­est in him last sum­mer, but were unable to agree a deal.

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