Lyon president Aulus responds to reports linking Memphis Depay with Barcelona
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Lyon president Aulus responds to reports linking Memphis Depay with Barcelona

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas hopes Barcelona's target Memphis Depay will snub a move to Nou Camp and remain with the Ligue 1 side. 

Depay's contract with Lyon is set to expire at the end of the current season and the Ligue 1 remain hopeful he will sign a new deal. Aulas admits the Netherlands international has rejected a number of offers to stay but the club has not given up. 

Barca boss Ronald Koeman is keen to bolster his squad and is targeting Depay and fellow Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum on his list of targets alongside Manchester City defender Eric Garcia.

"Right to the end, we’ll believe he’ll extend his contract for next season. For the moment, it’s not possible, but why not?" he told Le Progres.

"I’ve always wanted him to stay, but our offers have not been accepted. Each time, we’ve let him express his ambitions, his values. We helped him to go to Barcelona [last summer], but it wasn’t possible economically," he added. 

The 27-year-old has been in fine form this season, netting 13 goals in 25 league appearances to help his side sit just three points behind leaders Lille.

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