Classrooms: "Depay staying is not the best operation for us"

The president of Olympique de Lyon talks about his frustrated signing by Barcelona and assures that they have done "everything possible" to renew him.


The president of Olympique de Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas, acknowledged that not having sold Memphis Depay in this transfer market "is not the best operation" for the French club and explained that they tried "everything" to get their contract renewed at least one season.

"We tried everything to renew (Depay) for a year. We made some important proposals. Economically, this is not the best operation for us because the end of the contract will come," said the president of Olympique de Lyon in an interview with television. of the club. Depay, who was very close to joining FC Barcelona, finally did not leave Lyon and will wear the Olympique shirt until June 2021, when his contract expires.

The president of the Lyon club understands the reasons, although it hurts him to lose the player for free from next January. "A lot of players are trying to end their contracts, it's a trend," he said. "He is coming back from an injury and there is the European Championship next year. I am convinced that he will want to be the best," he added about the 26-year-old Dutch striker, who would have been able to reach Barça if the Catalans had lowered their payroll.

In addition, Aulas also addressed other issues and was asked if the decision to suspend last season in France was the best option. "I often ask myself this question (...) According to a survey, 80% of the French believe that he was right about the end of the championship," said Lyon's top leader, who was confident of his resumption.

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