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Depay is aiming for the top and Mbappe is the benchmark

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Memphis Depay is aiming for the top of the footballing world but insists Kylian Mbappe is the benchmark footballers have to reach.

The former United man who now plays in Lyon has tried his luck at the top and failed miserably.

Many agree Depay should have been given more of a chance in Manchester. Plus he arrived at United at perhaps the hardest of times.

Having said that, he has thrived in Ligue 1, and could yet prove himself to be a world-beater.

However, the Dutchman is full of admiration for his fellow striker Mbappe and believes the Frenchman is the man at the top of football.

Speaking to Canal+, he sees Mbappe as the very best and that it will be hard to better the PSG player.

“It will be hard to dethrone Mbappe as the best striker.”

“He is extraordinary.”

“I think he’s an inspiration for all the attackers and a nightmare for the defenders.”

“As an attacker, we love to see what he does.”

Depay feels that the level of football in Ligue 1 does not get enough credit and a player’s success there is underappreciated.

He added:

“I think Ligue 1 is underestimated.”

“People do not know how high the level is.”

“Some teams produce a very physical game, but also very fast.”

“There are also many good players who are leaving this championship.”

“They do a good job here, and I’ve seen it since I arrived.”

Memphis has made no secret of his desire to move on from Lyon one day, and reach what he considers the top of football.

He continued:

“Am I surprised to still be in Ligue 1? Life always takes unexpected turns.”

“My journey has never been easy. But, of course, I am ambitious. ”

“I am aiming for the top. We’ll see how long it takes. Only God knows.”

He could have come to France sooner with PSG but opted for Manchester.

He said:

“Yes, I was in contact with PSG before my departure for Manchester United.”

“They were one of the clubs that wanted me, but I chose Manchester United.”

He is now the club captain at Lyon, a role he is enjoying and he feels is making him a better player and a better person.

He concluded:

“A leader does a lot of things. I try to do as much as possible to have a positive effect on the team.”

“I’m 25 years old and I have played a lot of matches.”

“As a captain, I am a leader, but it has to come from the heart, from the inside.”

Depay has shown the kind of form at Lyon that prompted United to splash out 34 million Euros for him.

Interestingly enough the Red Devils have a buy-back clause in their agreement with Lyon.

At 25 years-of-age, Depay is likely to make a move up in football sooner rather than later.

Where he goes is not known right now.

But don’t rule out a move to Manchester United, or even one to play alongside Mbappe at PSG, Juventus or even Real Madrid.

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LEIPZIG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 02: Memphis Depay of Olympique Lyon in action during the UEFA Champions League group G match between RB Leipzig and Olympique Lyon at Red Bull Arena on October 2, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)