Memphis Depay: “I spoke to Antoine Griezmann before joining Atlético Madrid.”

After completing his move to Atlético Madrid, Memphis Depay spoke to the media about joining the club from Barcelona.

“I spoke to [Antoine] Griezmann before I came here and he told me a lot of good things about the club. It wasn’t a surprise when I came, it was everything I expected. I was welcomed and it was very nice. Everything is very comfortable, the stadium is wonderful and I would really like to play a game to experience the fans,” he said in quotes transcribed by Marca.

On Diego Simeone

“We talked about how I feel. Yesterday was a very long, intense day. The most important thing is that he wants me to feel at home and adapt. I’m looking forward to it… he is known for his passion and he wants me to be ready as soon as possible. He knows me well from my time at Barcelona and Lyon. He liked me as a player when I was in Lyon and he wants me to take that form with me.”

On style of play

“I also played as a midfielder last season, in the national team and also previously at Lyon. I like to have a bit of freedom in the centre of the pitch to have the ball and create space for others. Only time will show what my experience will be like, but I need to adapt to what the coach wants and put my creativity aside to be as functional as possible.”

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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