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Lyon president speaks publicly on potential Memphis Depay transfer

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“If he goes to a bigger team, he’ll have made the right choice.”

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Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas has spoken about Memphis Depay, the captain of his club, who is out of contract in the summer and heavily linked with a move to FC Barcelona.

“I haven’t got a bad word to say about him. I will respect his decision. If he goes to a bigger club than Lyon, he’ll have made the right choice,” said Aulas.

“If he stays, it will mean we’ve been a great adventure for him and we have won something.”

Lyon are currently third in Ligue 1, three points behind Lille and Paris Saint-Germain.

“He’s been doing a good job as captain,” said Aulas.

“He talks a lot with other players in the squad.

“In recent years we have helped Memphis to reach and improve on the level he was at in the 2014 World Cup, where he announced himself.”

That was when Depay showed his potential as a 20 year old for the Netherlands under Louis van Gaal, which earned him a move to Manchester United. But he was unable to establish himself in the Premier League and instead moved to Lyon in 2017.

He has been a success for the French club, who last year shocked the world be eliminating Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.

He continued making appearances for the Dutch national team, which was managed by Ronald Koeman from 2018 until last year.

Due to Koeman’s working relationship with Depay, it has long been rumored that the forward would move to Barcelona to reunite with his former boss.