Depay set for new Lyon deal with ex-Man U flop available on free next year

first_imgMEMPHIS DEPAY is reportedly in talks over a new Lyon contract with the Dutchman available on a free transfer next summer.The 25-year-old swapped the Premier League for Ligue 1 in 2017 after ending his nightmare two-season spell at Manchester United.1 Lyon have opened talks with club captain Memphis Depay over a new contractCredit: AFP or licensorsThe winger has since rejuvenated his career at Lyon, and was linked with a return to England at Spurs and Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton.However, Depay tore his cruciate knee ligament back in December to end any hopes of a winter transfer and cast doubt over appearing at Euro 2020.His current deal still runs through until summer 2021, but Lyon are keen to tie their captain down to a long-term deal, according to L’Equipe.Depay had been enjoying a productive season prior to his injury, having scored nine times in 12 league starts.The 51-cap Dutch international had been vocal about considering his options following the Euros, but it remains to be seen how his knee problem has affected those plans.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesDepay was a key target for Mauricio Pochettino when he was in charge of Spurs, but Jose Mourinho has since signed PSV wide man Steven Bergwijn.United, who flogged the 25-year-old for £17m after just 53 appearances, have a buy-back clause on the versatile forward.Though  Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to show interest in Depay and has instead been eyeing a move for Jadon Sancho.Despite failing to live up to expectations during his time in the Prem, the forward has claimed that he flopped because he was too immature.He told The Mirror: “My mental state is different. I was 21 back then when I was with United and now I am 25 so obviously I am a more matured human being now, than when I was in Manchester.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic”Also there is a difference between the French game and the English game and the main difference is the speed of the ball.”In England it goes very fast, attack and defence and attack and defence again.”The French game you feel more the control and trying to find our moments and we are all more relaxed playing the ball to each other.”Memphis Depay dons bizarre £5,500 Louis Vuitton outfit with 3D removable pocket trouserslast_img

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