Former United winger Memphis Depay open to returning to Manchester 3 years ago

Former United winger Memphis Depay open to returning to Manchester

Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has said that he is open to leaving Lyon for a bigger club.

Depay, who moved to Lyon from United in 2017,  signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the French club, however, a clause in his contract allowed the Old Trafford club to install a buy-back clause upon his departure from Manchester.

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Despite the option for United to take Depay back, the Dutch forward namechecked six European clubs he'd be happy to move to should he leave Lyon.

 “Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe. I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich," said in an interview with Helden magazine.

"I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football.

“I always talk about Real Madrid, a royal club, white shirts with gold. But I’m focused right now on Lyon, and then we’ll see where I end up.”

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Depay is enjoying a fine season for Lyon with five goals and eight assists in 22 games but he was recently subjected to rather harsh treatment from Saint Etienne fans during his side's recent 2-1 win earlier this month.

"Memphis - 5 million followers but no dad," the banner unfurled by some of the home supporters at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium read.

The Dutch international has spoken in the past about how his father left him and his mother when he was a small child.

Having seen a picture of the banner on social media, the 24-year-old initially responded by correcting its reference to his Instagram following, which actually stands at 5.9 million.

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Following this, he insisted he had nothing against those responsible for the banner, suggesting it was made as a result of jealousy.

He wrote: "I have nothing against the people who did this. I know they low key love me!

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"I also know they mad they just mad they don’t have 1 player with the same quality like me.

"It doesn’t bother me 1 second, I just wanted to say some things about it. 0 points against us this season i can imagine what that feels like. Should I continue…?

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, I leave it by that! God bless everybody! Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only love can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, love can do that."