With a move to Lyon now complete, Memphis Depay is gearing up to prove himself all over again.
The Dutch youngster joined the Ligue 1 club from Manchester United on a four and a half year deal and will be given the No. 9 jersey.
“I just want to show everybody what I’m capable of. I did in the past and I didn’t show it every time at Manchester,” Depay said. “I want to score goals and get that feeling back again, to play in a full stadium. It’s a very nice stadium here and I’m so excited to play there.”
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He was presented on Friday with club president Jean-Michel Aulas and coach Bruno Genesio by his side. Later Aulas clarified Depay’s fee was £16m, rising to £21.7m (BBC), with the add-ons including Lyon qualifying for the Champions League and Depay getting a new contract. United, however, has a buy-back clause of about £35million (The Sun).
The Dutch forward had a drastic, unhappy outing in Premier League after joining from PSV Eindhoven in June 2015 for £31m. Depay hasn’t featured for Mourinho’s team since used as a substitute in the Europa League against Feyenoord on November 24.
But he is looking forward to play a part in Lyon’s home fixture against Marseille on Sunday.
At United, Depay was handed the club’s iconic No. 7 jersey worn by George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the youngster failed to live up to expectations, netting only seven goals in 52 matches. He was hardly used by United boss Jose Mourinho, having made only four league appearances from the bench this term.
At Lyon, Depay is most likely to be used on the left wing, joining a formidable forward line with top scorer Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir.