Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he holds no grudges against Memphis Depay and stated the winger could make a return to Old Trafford in the future.
The Netherlands international has completed a move to French side Lyon for a fee that could rise to £21.7 million.
Depay struggled to make an impact in Manchester, where he was brought to the club by the previous manager Louis van Gaal last summer.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Mourinho admitted he saw the potential in the player and would be open to bringing the Holland international back in the future, via a buy-back clause included in the transfer.
“Potentially, he is a very good player,” the Red Devils boss is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buy him, he did well. He knew him well from the national team, when he was young in the World Cup he had flashes of top quality.
“He was playing well in Holland but not the same here, but he was showing very good things.
“He didn’t succeed in his 18 months but he is very young, so I think it is very important for the club to keep control of this talent, and we all wish he plays very well at Olympique Lyon and why not come back, because everyone really likes him.”
Although Depay has become the second major departure to leave Old Trafford this transfer window – following Morgan Schneiderlin’s footsteps out – Mourinho has admitted he hadn’t planned to do any business this January.
“I don’t think it’s human to stop them from going,” he continued.
“I don’t think it’s human to stop somebody to go.”
There has been speculation in the past few days that more players may be set to leave the set-up at the Theatre of Dreams; however, Mourinho remained reserved on the situation.