'I have decided to stay at Barca!' Memphis Depay confirms he is NOT leaving Barcelona despite last-minute interest from Chelsea, who were exploring second raid on the Nou Camp after agreeing deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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'I have decided to stay at Barca!' Memphis Depay confirms he is NOT leaving Barcelona despite last-minute interest from Chelsea, who were exploring second raid on the Nou Camp after agreeing deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

  • Memphis Depay has confirmed his decision to stay at Barcelona on social media
  • Chelsea were exploring a move for the Dutchman but that's now been ruled out 
  • Thomas Tuchel's side are close to completing a deadline day double signing 
  • The Blues have agreed deals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria

Chelsea's deadline day pursuit of Memphis Depay has come to an end after the Dutchman confirmed his decision to stay in Spain on social media.

Thomas Tuchel's side had been exploring a last-minute move for the Dutchman having already agreed deals for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Denis Zakaria. 

The former Manchester United forward was close to joining Juventus last month and was a serious interest of Chelsea's before he put out a statement on Twitter.

Barcelona's Memphis Depay has confirmed his decision to stay in Spain for the season

Barcelona's Memphis Depay has confirmed his decision to stay in Spain for the season

Barcelona's Memphis Depay has confirmed his decision to stay in Spain for the season 

Thomas Tuchel will reunite with the forward who he enjoyed a great relationship with in Dortmund

Thomas Tuchel was looking to make Depay his third signing on the last day of the window

The Dutchman wrote: 'I have decided to stay at Barça! Fully committed to contribute to the club's sporting success. #ViscaBarca', accompanied with some heart emojis.

A path looked like it had been cleared for Depay to leave the Catalan side ever since Robert Lewandowski's July arrival from Bayern Munich - when the Dutchman had his No.9 shirt taken from him.

Shortly afterwards, when Barcelona were rushing to sell players to allow them to register their new signings, he was linked with potential moves to Juventus, Manchester United and Tottenham.

But it seems Xavi's side, and Depay himself, have U-turned on that stance and have come to the agreement that the 28-year-old will stay in Spain for the upcoming season.

The Dutchman looked to be on the verge of an exit from the Catalan side this transfer window

The Dutchman looked to be on the verge of an exit from the Catalan side this transfer window 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will leave Barcelona for Chelsea having joined the Catalan club in January

Chelsea and Barcelona have finally struck an agreement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Meanwhile, the Blues have already struck a deadline-day deals for his Barcelona team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus' Denis Zakaria.

Talks over the Aubameyang have been ongoing for weeks and the Blues have long been optimistic of their chances of getting a deal done, having now agreed a deal for £12m.

Sportsmail understands Chelsea have an option to buy the midfielder, 25, for £30million once his loan spell ends. 

After failing in efforts to sign Edson Alvarez from Ajax and Ibrahim Sangare from PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea have turned to the 6ft 3ins Swiss international, who moved to Juventus in January for £4m after leaving Borussia Monchengladbach.

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