‘From the start I told you, he will not leave’: Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas insists Memphis Depay will NOT join Barcelona in January… despite renewed interest from the LaLiga giants due to Ansu Fati’s serious injury
- Memphis Depay was seriously linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer
- Nou Camp giants are now without Ansu Fati for four months due to serious injury
- They have been linked with Depay again in January, but Lyon don’t want to sell
- French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas says there is no way Depay will leave
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has poured cold water on suggestions Barcelona could sign Memphis Depay in January following the serious injury to Ansu Fati.
Now, with Fati sidelined for at least four months after undergoing surgery on his knee, it has been reported that Barcelona will try again for Depay in January.
Memphis Depay will not join Barcelona in the January window, according to Lyon’s president
Depay is Lyon’s star man, and it is understood Barcelona are set to renew their interest in him
Lyon president Aulas though, is insistent their star man will be going nowhere, telling RMC: ‘Memphis is an exceptional player. It is him who is pulling the club, along with a number of other players.
‘I was the first to say he would not go to Barcelona. Nobody listened to me during the transfer window because everybody thought he would leave.
‘From the start, I told you, he will not leave because in a year when we were unfairly deprived of European competition, we absolutely have to make a success of the season. So, he will stay.’
Lyon missed out on a place in Europe last season when the coronavirus pandemic halted football and the French football season was cancelled.
Jean-Michel Aulas is insistent that Lyon will not sell Depay in the middle of the season
The serious injury to Ansu Fati means Barcelona may try to sign a forward player in January
Aulas and Co were furious with the decision, threatening legal action, but they still managed to hold onto Depay despite being able to offer him what Barca could.
This season, he has scored five goals and assisted three in Ligue 1, a total bettered only by Kylian Mbappe at PSG.
The Dutchman also has a league-high number of chances created with 27, and is in brilliant form heading into the international break.
Ousmane Dembele’s refusal to leave Barcelona in summer meant the Depay deal fell through