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Man United flop Memphis Depay puts Old Trafford misery behind him as he targets Real Madrid move

Dutchman has a £35m buy-back clause in his Lyon contract but has set his sights elsewhere

Memphis Depay has clearly shrugged off his Manchester United nightmare and has sets his sights on playing for Real Madrid.

Yes, European champions Real Madrid.

The Dutchman quit Old Trafford for Lyon in January after struggling to make an impression despite sky-high expectations.


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Memphis Depay is dreaming big despite his Manchester United flop

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Memphis Depay is dreaming big despite his Manchester United flop

Dutch international Depay was on target in the win over Belarus

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Dutch international Depay was on target in the win over Belarus

And despite having a £35m buy-back fee written in to his contract, the ex-PSV star is looking elsewhere.

Depay told PSV Supporters: “I think I’m going to Real Madrid. Yes, that is a serious goal.


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“When the time will come? That only God knows. He helps me and takes me there.”

Pacey forward Depay showed glimpses of quality for United, particularly in Europe.

Manchester United have the option to bring Depay back for £35m

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Manchester United have the option to bring Depay back for £35m

The Dutchman is fighting to revive his career in France

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The Dutchman is fighting to revive his career in France

Jose Mourinho did not manage to get the best out of Louis van Gaal’s signing but hinted the door was still open.

After sanctioning the £21.7m departure, the Special One said: “We wish he plays well at Lyon and comes back because everyone here likes him.

“Potentially he is still a very good player. Mr Van Gaal and Manchester United did well to buy him.

“He knew him from the national team. He was very young in the World Cup and had flashes of top quality.

Depay struggled under the weight of expectation at Old Trafford

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Depay struggled under the weight of expectation at Old Trafford

“He did not succeed in the 18 months he was here but I think it is very important for the club to keep control of his talent.”

Depay has two goals and three assists in seven league games so far this season and was also on target of Holland against Belarus.

Zinedine Zidane must be really licking his lips.


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