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Memphis: It wasn't easy under Mourinho - but we didn't have a bad relationship

11:19 GMT 26/01/2017
Memphis Depay Jose Mourinho
Although the Netherlands winger was snubbed by the Red Devils manager during his time at the club, he has described the Portuguese as a good person

Memphis Depay insists he holds no grudge against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho following his transfer to Ligue 1 side Lyon, describing him as "a great coach and person".

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The winger's £16 million switch to France was confirmed on Friday following a frustrating campaign in the Premier League this season under Mourinho.

Memphis played just 20 minutes of league football under the Portuguese this term, following an impressive debut campaign under countryman Louis van Gaal last time out in which he made 45 appearances in all competitions.

And though Mourinho did not consider Memphis as a key player in his Red Devils squad, the United boss praised the 22-year-old's attitude upon his departure and welcomed a return to the club in the future, something which the player appreciated.

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"His words were nice. In Manchester, I always worked as I had to. For me personally, it wasn't all that easy," Memphis, whose transfer could earn United up to £21.7 million with add-ons, told  OL TV . "I needed to play. But we didn't have a bad relationship.

"He's a great coach and a great person. Now we'll see here how I play. In any case, I think he has said good things about me."

Memphis made his Lyon debut on Sunday, replacing Mathieu Valbuena in the final 10 minutes of the club's 3-1 victory at home to Marseille, and has enjoyed his short time in France thus far.

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"I'm known because I score goals and provide assists. But I also know the leading scorer here, Alexandre Lacazette. We have a good understanding, his movement is very good," said Memphis.

"I feel very good, in top form. My first week was good, training went very well, and little by little I'm getting back into the rhythm. Now I think I'm ready to start a game as of the next match. I'm training hard, my fitness is good. I think I can push for a starting place for the next game."