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Aulas: Depay can leave Lyon – it suits me well!

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Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas announced he would happily grant Memphis Depay’s wish to leave for a move to a top European club.

The Dutch winger has spent the past two years at the Groupama Stadium following his disastrous spell at Manchester United.

Depay finished last season with 19 goals in 36 Ligue 1 games to help Lyon secure a top-three finish in the league table.

And these performances in France have put the 24-year-old back favourably among Europe’s hottest young prospects.

Due to this, Depay is eager for another crack in playing for an elite European side and flirted with the idea of joining either Barcelona or Real Madrid in a recent interview.

Now Aulas has responded to Depay’s comments on social media by claiming that a summer exit from Lyon would suit him well.

“Memphis Depay would like to leave Lyon this summer,” Aulas wrote on Twitter.

“He comes from MU (Manchester United) to progress to OL. He became a very good European player. He wants to go even higher, in the top 4 and it suits me well.”

Previously, Depay struggled to make his mark at United and managed a mere seven goals in 53 games before leaving for France in January 2015.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, however, Depay has made sure that it hasn’t affected his performances on the pitch this season at Lyon.

The Netherlands international has managed six goals and 13 assists in 29 appearances for Lyon across all competitions.

Bruno Genesio’s side will be hoping that Depay remains fully motivated for the remainder of this season ahead of their big clash with champions Paris Saint-Germain at home on Sunday.

Currently, Lyon hold third-place in Ligue 1 and the final Champions League qualification spot after collecting 40 points from their 22 games this season.

The match between Lyon and PSG will begin at 21:00 (CET) on Sunday.