Memphis Depay hits back at transfer claims: “Get your facts straight”

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 16: Memphis Depay of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Nations League Group A match between Netherlands and France at the Stadion Feijenoord on November 16, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Dutch winger Memphis Depay has hit out against media outlets for misquoting him in saying that he’s keen on a transfer to a big European club.

Following a failed spell at Manchester United, Depay has re-established himself as one of Europe’s most promising youngsters following an impressive two years at French side Lyon.

But the Netherlands international was quoted in an interview with Dutch magazine Helden saying that he wants to move to one of the best clubs in Europe in either “Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich”.

These comments prompted Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to retort that Depay is welcome to leave and that it would suit him well.

However, Depay has now taken to social media to announce his words were misquoted and added that the interview was done two months ago.

“It’s really sad that other people, blogs and websites change my words just to put people against me!” Depay wrote on Twitter.

“The real ones know. I would never say anything bad about Lyon, they are the club that gave me the opportunity when I needed it!

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“The blogs and several websites just take a short quote out a big interview I did with Helden Magazine 2 MONTHS AGO! and make it look bad so and change my words, but once again if you been [sic] in this football industry for a while you will know.

“I really like Lyon and people see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that Lyon play better football then most of the clubs with big names!

“So before you try to call me names or attack me, make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumours.”

Depay has managed six goals and 13 assists in 29 appearances for Lyon across all competitions this season.