Lyon - Lyon signed Netherlands international Memphis Depay from Manchester
United for an initial fee of €16 million on Friday,
the French club confirmed.
Depay, 22, has signed a four-and-a-half
year contract with the seven-time French champions and could make his
debut in Sunday's Ligue 1 clash at home to Marseille.
could rise to as much as €25 million, with the adds-ons including
Lyon qualifying for Europe and Depay extending his contract at Parc OL.
capped 27 times at international level, becomes Lyon's biggest signing
since the club-record purchase of Yoann Gourcuff from Bordeaux for €22
million in 2010.
"I'm young. That doesn't give me any particular added pressure," said Depay of the outlay required to bring him to France.
came here to gain confidence. Pressure comes with football at the top
level, it's normal. It's an honour to come to this big club.
very happy to sign for Lyon," he added, revealing he had learned a lot
from rubbing shoulders with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba at United.
Lyon stumbled to a 3-2
defeat at Caen in their first league game of 2017 to fall eight points
behind the Champions League places, and Depay said he would be ready if
selected at the weekend.
"I trained every day (at United) and I'm
in good shape. I know that Lyon-Marseille is a big match and I hope to
be able to take part.
"I haven't played for a while and I need
matches to get back into a rhythm and build up strength. I want to show
what I'm capable of doing. I've done that in the past but perhaps not
Depay joined United from PSV Eindhoven in June
2015, but the winger had a disappointing first season under compatriot
Louis van Gaal and had made just one start in all competitions since
Jose Mourinho became manager last July.
The deal with Lyon
reportedly includes buy-back and sell-on clauses, and Mourinho refused
to rule out an eventual return to Old Trafford for the Dutchman.
didn't succeed in this 18 months, I would say, but he is very young so I
think it is important for the club to keep control of this talent,"
said the Portuguese.
"And we all wish that he plays very, very well at Olympique Lyon and why not to come back because everyone here likes him."
who scored seven goals in 53 United appearances, becomes the second
player to leave Old Trafford this month after France international
midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin joined Everton.