Aulas: Barca target Depay could stay at Lyon 'if we are champions'

Memphis Depay could stay at Lyon ‘if we are champions’, hopes Jean-Michel Aulas as Ligue 1 club president ‘dreams’ star signs new contract – with Barcelona target set to be a free agent this summer

  • Lyon talisman Memphis Depay will be a free agent this summer at present
  • The 27-year-old has scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season, alongside nine assists
  • His form has Lyon third in the table – just three points behind table-toppers Lille 
  • The Holland international has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona 

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes the club can still convince Memphis Depay to stay beyond this season if they win Ligue 1.

Depay’s future at the French club has been a source of conversation all campaign with the forward out of contract this summer.

The 27-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona during this term, with the Spanish giants expected to renew their interest when he is a free agent.

Lyon are hopeful that Barcelona target Memphis Depay stays with them beyond this season

Depay has impressed since joining Lyon from Manchester United in January 2017 and Aulas is desperate to retain his services for longer, claiming he has already offered him a contract extension.

‘For Memphis, I dream that he accepts our proposal, which is still relevant,’ he told AFP.

‘He brings so much, he has been directly involved in 23 league goals this season. The offer will stay there and, if we are champions, why not?’

This season, Depay has scored 15 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for Lyon. Fourteen of those have come in Ligue 1, alongside nine assists, as they remain in four-way battle for the Ligue 1 title. They currently sit third on 60 points, level with second-placed Paris Saint-Germain, and only three behind league leaders Lille with nine games remaining.

The Holland international could win the Double in France with Lyon in the last 16 of the Coupe de France – where they travel to third division Red Star on April 8.

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