Memphis Depay exposed “certain rules” stopped him from switching Lyon for Barcelona in the previous transfer window.
Barca were heavily related to a move for Depay following the arrival of new head coach Ronald Koeman, who enabled striker Luis Suarez to leave for Atletico Madrid.
The Netherlands international had actually concurred terms with the Catalan giants but an offer between the clubs could not be grabbed the transfer deadline on Monday.
Depay’s contract with Lyon is because of expire in June and he hopes by continuing to impress with the Ligue 1 side he can still secure a transfer to Barca.
Asked about the prospective move following Netherlands’ 1-0 friendly loss to Mexico on Wednesday, Depay told NOS: “It was quite close.
” We do not need to enter into all the details, but there were certain guidelines that avoided it sadly.
” But I believe whatever occurs for a reason. I now concentrate on Lyon and want to be essential there again.
” We’ll see how things are going once again afterwards. If I do my thing, the interest may still exist. I simply have to change that switch now.”
Depay joined Lyon from Manchester United in January 2017 and has been associated with 79 goals (47 scored, 32 helped) in 107 Ligue 1 video games.
Edinson Cavani (83) and Kylian Mbappe (89) are the only players to have contributed to more given that the weekend of the Dutchman’s launching.
In addition, Depay has actually developed 259 opportunities for team-mates in league matches with Lyon, with Dimitri Payet (338) the only player to have supplied more crucial passes.