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Mourinho refuses to rule out Memphis Depay return

Jose Mourinho has refused to rule out the possibility of Memphis Depay returning to Manchester United after his return to form with Lyon.

Memphis moved to Manchester United in 2015, joining up with his fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal on the back of being the top scorer in the Eredivisie while at PSV.

His time at Old Trafford didn’t go to plan however, where he scored just two Premier League goals, before moving to Lyon in January 2017.

Upon his arrival at the Ligue 1 club, Memphis’ form soon returned, where he has netted 28 goals in 70 appearances, including 22 in the 2017/18 season alone.

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With Depay involved in the side that beat Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Jose Mourinho has been discussing a potential return to the club in the future, with a buy-back clause thought to have been included in the transfer deal.

“Because potentially he’s a very good player,” Mourinho said.

“I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buy him he did well, he knew him very well from the national team, he was very young when at the World Cup he had flashes of top quality.

“He was playing well in Holland, we know the Dutch league is not the same but he was showing very good things.

“So I think Mr Van Gaal and Manchester United did very well to buy him.

“He didn’t succeed in his 18 months but he’s very young so I think it’s important for the club to complete control of this talent and we all wish he plays very, very well at Lyon and why not to come back because everyone here likes him.”

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