Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has said that he will do everything in his power to keep Memphis Depay, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham in the past.
Depay has gone from strength to strength since swapping Old Trafford for the Groupama Stadium back in January of 2017.
The Dutch international is now finally living up to the early promise he showed as a youngster at PSV Eindhoven.
The 26-year-old made a brilliant start to the season, netting 14 goals in 18 games (transfermarkt) and Calciomercato reported back in November that Spurs and Liverpool were both keen on bringing him back to the Premier League.
However, he picked up an ACL injury in December that was expected sideline him (at the time of injury) for the remainder of the season along with this summer’s Euros.
Depay will have just one year left on his contract this summer (The Sun) and Lyon could be have forced move him on if he does not extend his stay at the Ligue 1 outfit.
However, Aulas has taken to social media to insist that he intends to keep the pacey forward at the club.
The Lyon president wrote on Twitter: “I really hope Memphis will stay in the OL family for a long time I really do everything for that. Memphis knows what I do for (hi-fi emoji). I trust Memphis.”
@OL @Juninhope08 @Memphis J’espère vraiment que Memphis va rester longtemps dans la famille OL je fais vraiment tout pour cela : Memphis sait ce que je fais pour 🙏 j’ai confiance en Memphis #lelyonMemphis
— Jean-Michel AULAS (@JM_Aulas) April 12, 2020
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Aulas does have a reputation of being a tough negotiator and he generally doesn’t sell those who he doesn’t want to. However, he is not in a very powerful position here. If Depay refuses to sign a new deal, then Lyon will have no choice but to either sell this summer or in January for reduced fees or allow him to leave for free next summer.
I believe he can be a very good addition for us as he can play up front alongside Kane. However, it was Jose Mourinho who moved him on from Manchester United, which suggests that the Spurs boss doesn’t rate the Dutchman particularly highly.
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