Memphis Depay plays down Lyon exit talks

    Lyon star Memphis Depay could reportedly return to the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur lining up a move for the ex-Manchester United flop

    After being deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, the Dutch forward swapped the Premier League for Ligue 1 in summer 2017, establishing himself as one of the best players in France’s top-tier competition ever since.

    Les Gones’ headline performer over the past two years, the 25-year-old has so far registered 50 goals and 42 assists in 130 outings, becoming a target of a host of Europe’s elite clubs.

    Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs scouting team have made Depay one of their top priorities and are weighing up a £50m move in the upcoming transfer session.

    Although flattered by Tottenham’s interest, the former PSV Eindhoven man has refused to talk about rumors, insisting that he is focused on another strong start to the season.

    “I don’t want to talk about that. I don’t want to talk about rumors that I know nothing about,” he said, as reported by the Daily Star.

    “We leave it in the corridors. I am focused on a strong season so far.”

    But, the London giants might face stiff competition from fierce Premier League rivals, as the Red Devils inserted a buy-back clause when they shipped Depay to France.

    “Manchester United has the priority if several clubs line up to buy him,” Lyon sporting director Juninho told the club’s official website.

    “But, we have not received any offers so far. He is really happy right now in Lyon.

    “Rudi [Garcia] will soon make his decision. He is a technical leader. We will discuss an extension of the contract by the end of the year.”

    Memphis has already gobbled 11 goals and an assist in 14 matches in all competitions this term, scoring precisely one goal in all four of his Champions League appearances so far.

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