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Depay: 'Leaving United wasn't very hard'

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19/03/2017

Memphis Depay has told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports leaving Manchester United FC for Olympique Lyonnais in January was "not very hard" and that he is not angry with former boss Jose Mourinho as he relaunches his career in France.

The former PSV Eindhoven prodigy had played just 20 minutes of Premier League football this season after dropping to the back of the pecking order at Old Trafford following Mourinho's arrival last summer.

After being eased into life in Ligue 1, the 23-year-old has since hit cruising altitude, and his stunning long-range strike against Toulouse FC last weekend was the high point of his nine top-flight appearances to date.

Those matches have also put a smile back on his face and mean Depay has no regrets about having swapped Old Trafford, the 'Theatre of Dreams', for Parc OL where he hopes to make his own dreams come true.

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"I think it was not very hard [to leave] because I'm young, I need to play, if you look back at my last 90 minutes before I came here, it was almost a year ago and that is unbelievable but the more faith I show in God, the more it's helping me and that's the main reason I'm performing like this.

"There's no anger [towards Jose Mourinho], I did what I had to do in training. Of course, I didn't understand the choice but, you know, he's the boss and he made the choice so I have to accept that. I think I was just not good enough for him but it's ok, I'll show my quality here now and I will get back to my top level and we will see how things turn out."

'Players helped me settle'

A recall to the Netherlands' squad this week for De Oranje's upcoming internationals is a good indicator of the rapid progress Depay has made since slotting seamlessly into Bruno Genesio's squad, adding one more young and talented face to a successful blend.

"We have a good squad, a young squad. We play to score goals, we play good football, building up from the back. I enjoy seeing so many good players in the team," said Depay, who has had help from inside the Lyon dressing-room in adapting to life on the opposite side of the Channel.

"They try to help me, the players, because you have to adapt, you know, you don't speak French so they try to talk to me in English, to understand me, they try to talk and that helps me a lot."

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Depay & Co. will need to be at the height of their powers when they head to the capital on Sunday evening to face a Paris Saint-Germain side whose focus is now entirely domestic following their historic UEFA Champions League exit.

While the reigning champions require points to have a hope of retaining their title, Lyon also need a positive result at the Parc des Princes to maintain their hold on fourth place.

"In every game Paris Saint-Germain have a lot of ball possession and move the ball fast so of course when we have the ball we have to find a way to score a goal," noted Depay.

"We have to do everything to fight them but we also have our own quality, and we can play football so who knows. It's football, anything can happen!"

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