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Lyon want to keep Depay desptie him rejecting contract offers

Sat 25 April 2020 | 13:20

Memphis Depay is rejecting several contracts offered to him by Lyon, however, Lyon have not given up and still are trying to extend the player's contract beyond 2021.

According to Lyon's president, Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon do their best to keep Memphis Depay at the club, although the player has rejected a number of contracts offered to him.

Having joined Lyon from Manchester United in January 2017 for a reported €16million, Depay has been a key player for the Ligue 1 side.

Although not successful in England, scoring just two goals in 33 Premier League appearances, Depay has shined since moving to Lyon with 43 goals to his name in 102 appearances.

He began the 2019-20 campaign in fine form before a serious knee injury had seemingly ended his season, though the suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic may yet mean Depay can play a part in Lyon's run-in.

Throughout Depay's time in Lyon he has been a source of transfer speculation and, with a little over a year left on his contract, rumours could intensify when he returns to fitness.

Aulas, though, assured supporters the club will do everything in their power to keep him with Les Gones.

"There is no break [in the relationship]," Aulas told the club's official TV station. "We talk to his agents, I chat with him, and we will have the opportunity to meet him.

"We will do everything to evoke an extension. All the authorities in Lyon are in favour of extending his contract.

"We are working on it a lot. I have a lot of exchanges with Memphis, Rudi [Garcia, Lyon's coach] too and Juni [Juninho Pernambucano, Lyon sporting director]. Not daily, but regularly.

"We made him a certain number of proposals, which he did not accept. He was waiting to be able to resume playing. He had imagined being able to play the Euros with the Netherlands, then there was this injury. He recovered faster, but for the moment we have not agreed."

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