Lluís Canut, who is rumored to have a connection to Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, was the one to say these words on the show La Porteria.
Speaking about the Netherlands’ 3-2 win over Ukraine, Canut commented that “when Depay had the ball, he showed his skill.”
Another panelist jokingly warned him to be careful with the comments, arguing that increased attention on Depay could spell trouble for Barcelona’s attempts to sign him. Barcelona recently lost out on signing another Dutch player, Georginio Wijnaldum, after Paris Saint-Germain reportedly offered a much bigger sum.
Canut shot back, saying “if I say it, it’s because he is already signed.”
Barça have not made any official announcement yet but all rumors point to Depay signing for the Catalans. A shirt with his name on it was even displayed in the club’s official store, although it was ultimately taken down.
Depay is a free agent after a successful spell at Lyon, where he became the captain and star of the team that finished fourth in Ligue 1.