Ronald Koeman responds to Depay and Martinez rumours

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has responded to Memphis Depay and Lautaro Martinez rumours.

The departure of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid might force the club to bring in a new striker at Camp Nou.

Two forwards Memphis Depay and Lautaro Martinez have been identified as a perfect replacement for the Uruguayan international.

“Nothing is ruled out,” Koeman said on Saturday when asked about possible moves for either of the two forwards.

“But as I have said, I am focused on the players who are here. Barca always has to be prepared to strengthen [the squad].”

Koeman was also asked about Puig given a shirt number with Barca B after he rejected to go out on loan.

“They are decisions on behalf of the club,” he said. “There are players with a shirt number from the first team and others with a shirt number for Barca B.

“In Riqui’s case, there is competition in his position. It’s not true that I don’t count on Riqui, because tomorrow he is on the list of players called up and all the players called up have a chance [to play].”

“Riqui, like other youngsters, has to play games. If it can’t be with the first team, then with the B or other teams.

“In the end, it’s the player’s decision. If Riqui and [Carles] Alena stay, they will have chances. It depends on the player’s performance. That’s how it is for Riqui and for other young players.”


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