The Dutch national is wanted by his old boss Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou, but the Ligue 1 side has no intention of selling him.
According to the club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, Memphis Depay will not be permitted to leave Lyon in the January transfer window.
Over the summer, the Dutch winger was sure to leave the club for Barcelona, only to see the change fail at the end of the window.
Ever since, Barca and Lyon have been involved with Depay in a tug of war. He still wants to sign him, Ronald Koeman has openly said, with Lyon manager Rudi Garcia quipping that he’d ‘tackle’ Koeman to hold on to his player.
More recently, Depay indicated that Lyon should enjoy him while they can, and declined to commit to seeing him at the Groupama Stadium for the rest of the 2020-21 season.
Now, however, Aulas says that before the end of the campaign, Lyon will not be selling any of their star players. After the Ligue 1 season was cut short, Lyon missed out on European qualification last season, and he is desperate to make up for what he still sees as an unfair loss.
“For different nations, we have a lot of internationals, like Memphis, who’s a king,” Aulas told RMC Sport.
Memphis, I’m not in love with him, but I think he’s capable of adding a dimension to Lyon that everyone wants the club to have. But, no, we’re not going to keep him [at the end of his contract], obviously.
I was the first to say that he would not go to Barcelona. During the transfer window, nobody listened to me because everyone figured he would leave.
Not only Memphis but Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele, too, are here. From the beginning, I told you, they won’t leave because we simply have to make the season a success in a year when we were unfairly robbed of European football. But he’s going to sit.’
Lyon was seventh when the coronavirus pandemic curtailed the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season, but this time around, Aulas’ side are back in the European chase.
In fifth, they went into the global break, only a point outside the top four but having played one more game than fourth-placed Marseille.