Memphis Depay has explained why he ended up staying at Barcelona this summer rather than leaving to play more elsewhere.
With the club signing Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha, Memphis dropped down the pecking order and looked set to leave at one point.
However, a move to Juventus fell through after he turned down the salary they offered, and amid links with Chelsea and other Spanish clubs on deadline day, he announced that he had chosen to stay put.
He says he did indeed actively choose to remain, turning down other clubs, because he’s enjoying his time at Barca and is happy to fight for his place in the team.
“They were able to get a lot of players. I have weighed my options. Certain clubs have come,” he said.
“I became the top scorer with [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang last season. It’s not that I didn’t show anything. It’s not that I just walk away because there are competitors. I like competition.
“I’m a Barcelona player and I’m having a good time at the club. The people are nice. I’m just having a good time.
“You have to accept the choices that the trainer makes. That doesn’t mean you have to walk away. I like to show that I am better than someone else. I do that at training sessions and then it’s up to the trainer who plays.”