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Olympique Lyon’s season has been a true rollercoaster ride.
So far, they’ve had mixed results over in Ligue 1 and as a direct result of that and their lack of any real consistency, they are currently sitting in midtable and are struggling to keep up with some of the best teams in the French top-flight.
But not all is as bleak as it may sound at first.
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Memphis Depay has very much been their shining light throughout the 2019/20 campaign and remains to be almost the only thing keeping them afloat.
The 25-year-old forward has so far scored a total of 11 goals in 15 games, tallying one assist on the side in the process as well. Without his contribution, the team would have likely dropped even further down the standings.
But with such brilliant performances comes the attention of the outside world and Depay was heavily linked with an exit back to the Premier League, namely to Liverpool.
Calciomercato even stated that the Reds could offer around €50m (£42m) to land their target.
And while it would be easy for him to actually leave the struggling Lyon behind, it’s also been revealed that the club are willing to offer him a contract extension.
Lyon’s president confirmed it publicly when speaking to BeIN Sports (quoted by Daily Mail):
“We will make him a contract extension offer because he is an exceptional player. He will be the one who will ultimately decide. He is a sweet boy, an interesting man”
By all means, this is something he should definitely consider.
At Liverpool, he would likely be just another face in the crowd or a talented player stuck in the pipeline, waiting for the crumbs left behind by world-class players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, but at Lyon, he could become a true star, a legend even.
He’s already among their best players and if he can continue this trend moving forward, only the sky could be the limit.
Of course, if Lyon keep underperforming, he can always seek the exit door in the future but for now, staying could actually benefit him even more.
In France, he’s the main man and he’s also bound to remain that for the time being.
Not many would expect him to sign an extension amid interest from such big clubs but wouldn’t that be a true statement to the world?
Let’s see what he decides in the end.
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