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Marco van Basten “doubts” Memphis can succeed at Barcelona

The Netherlands legend is skeptical

FC BARCELONA VS LEVANTE UD - LIGA SANTANDER Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former Netherlands, Ajax, and AC Milan great Marco van Basten expressed skepticism that Memphis Depay was the right player for FC Barcelona, in a new interview.

“I have my doubts that he is a player for Barça,” he was quoted as saying.

“I believe that Memphis is a good player, but I believe he is an artist, an individualist. He does his own thing and continues to do that a bit. I believe that in a team this big, you have to be more of a team player. You have to attack as a group and share the ball. I have the idea he does too much his own thing, and I don’t know if that is sufficient for an elite club.”

Van Basten also had a career as a manager, having coached the Netherlands at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and at the 2008 European Championship. He also managed several clubs in the Eredivisie in his time - Ajax, Heerenveen, and AZ Alkmaar.

Memphis arrived from Olympique Lyonnais to Barcelona on a free transfer. Since, he has scored three goals for the Catalans in six appearances this season.