Saturday 14 December 2019

Memphis Depay serves up Twitter plaudits as he completes move to Lyon

Luke Shaw and Memphis Depay
Luke Shaw and Memphis Depay
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has again suggested that he is not planning to make any late signings in the January transfer window, even though he admits he is lacking depth in some areas of his squad.

Dutch winger Depay has joined French side Lyon after several weeks of negotiations, bringing to an end a disappointing spell at United following his £25m move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015.

Depay started just 16 Premier League games for United in his season and a half in Manchester, with managers Louis van Gaal and then Jose Mourinho failing to put their faith in a winger who struggled to impress.

Now he has signed off at United and he has done so with a series of social media messages, with Shaw among the first he singled out after the pair struck up a close bond in the last 18 months.

He also thanked United supporters and a handful of their star names, including captain Wayne Rooney, midfielder Paul Pogba and keeper David De Gea.

United manager Mourinho confirmed his club have a buy-back clause in the deal with Lyon if they wish to bring Depay back to Old Trafford, as he served up this glowing tribute for his departing No.7.

"He was a fantastic professional. If someone thinks it didn’t work because he wasn’t a great professional, that’s totally wrong," stated Mourinho.

"One thing is some picture that someone takes with him in an amazing car or dressing in a very specific way, but the image is totally wrong.

"He’s a kid that respected everyone and worked hard to have more chances, a kid that was frustrated because he was not having that."

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