Atlético Madrid allows injury-prone Depay to leave on a free transfer

Memphis Depay will leave Atlético Madrid this summer, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. The Spanish top club is reportedly opting not to automatically extend the contract of the Dutch international, giving him a free transfer status.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 03:07, 22 May 2024

The thirty-year-old Depay did not play a major role at Atlético Madrid this season due to multiple injuries. Atlético finished fourth in La Liga. The ninety-time international made 25 appearances in the Spanish league, 14 of which were as a substitute. He scored five goals in La Liga.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Atlético Madrid sees no future for Depay, who has been under contract with Los Rojiblancos since January 2023. In his first half-season at Atlético, the former PSV, Manchester United, Olympique Lyon, and Barcelona striker also made only nine appearances due to injuries. Despite his potential and past performances, his persistent injury problems have hindered his ability to secure a regular spot in the team.

Depay made his return for Atlético as a substitute ten days ago after recovering from a new muscle injury and made three more appearances in La Liga. His recent comeback attempts, though commendable, have not been enough to convince the club of his long-term viability. As a result, Atlético has decided not to automatically extend his contract, allowing him to leave on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, national coach Ronald Koeman has shown faith in Depay's abilities by including the forward in the preliminary squad for the Dutch national team for the European Championship in Germany. Koeman's decision highlights Depay's potential value to the national team despite his challenging club season. This inclusion offers Depay an opportunity to showcase his skills on an international stage and potentially secure a new club in the upcoming transfer window.

Updated: 03:07, 22 May 2024