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Memphis Depay vows to focus on Euro 2020 amid Barcelona talk

Memphis Depay vows to focus on Euro 2020 amid Barcelona talk
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Memphis Depay is expected to complete a move to Barcelona.

Holland striker Memphis Depay insists he remains focused despite his impending move to Barcelona.

The 27-year-old is expected to move to the Nou Camp on a free transfer once his contract at Lyon expires at the end of the month.

He is currently preparing for Holland's Euro 2020 game with Austria on Thursday and the former Manchester United player is keeping calm.

Depay said: "The transfer will be clear, we have to wait and I don't want to say anything more. Everyone knows during the last period I have been linked to Barcelona and let's just wait for it to come. The news will be there when it is.

"We are now focused on the Dutch team, we would like to finish first in the group and it's the reason why we need to win. It's really important to us.

"Tomorrow is an important game, each game we have to focus in it's own way, play game-by-game and start the tournament like that. The focus is on Austria."

Frank De Boer's side won a thrilling Group C opener when they beat Ukraine 3-2 having initially lost a 2-0 lead.

They welcome Austria to Amsterdam looking to take control of the group.

"We started out really well against Ukraine, in the second half at 2-0 if you are able to maintain that it could have been 3-0 or 4-0 but it was a good signal," added Depay.

Austria are without Marko Arnautovic after he was banned by UEFA for "insulting another player" in Sunday's 3-1 win over North Macedonia.

Arnautovic, who has Serbian heritage, had to be restrained by captain David Alaba as he celebrated his late goal and appeared to direct comments at opponents Egzon Bejtulai and Ezgjan Alioski.

Boss Franco Foda said: "It was bad news for us, Marko will be missing and we will miss him but we have to compensate as a team.

"We thought about putting him in the starting XI and now we have to rethink it. People make mistakes but we back and support him.

"We have discussed it, it hits us in a sporting way but we will be able to compensate. He was provoked by some players from North Macedonia and out of his emotions he reacted. We have to live with the verdict.

"It will be important to be brave and to focus and show a good performance."

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United StatesUnited States19201352
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia11151238
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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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