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Memphis Depay celebrated Lyon's Europa League win in the most brilliant way

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Who says footballers aren't connected with the culture and fandom of their clubs anymore? Players are often accused of being mercenaries and playing just for the money, but Memphis Depay took a big step to disproving that theory last night.

Having struggled to make an impact at Manchester United, the 23-year-old departed for France during the January transfer window where he has hit five goals in his first 10 games for the club.

However, none of those goals have come in the Europa League as the Dutch international hasn't been able to compete in the competition for his new club due to being cup-tied, having already appeared for Manchester United during the group stage.

Many have tipped Les Gones to be United's main competition for success in the competition this season, though they made hard work of making it through to the semi-final last night against Turkish giant Besiktas.

Bruno Genesio's men lost 2-1 on the night, sending the tie to extra time and eventually penalties, where they prevailed 7-6 following a series of successful spot kicks from both sides.

And like the fans, Memphis could only watch as his teammates toiled in the pressure cooker atmosphere of the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul.

But rather than sit at home to watch the game on TV by himself, he decided to head to a local bar and watch it amongst the supporters instead.

And having navigated the penalty shootout, the winger joined in with the wild celebrations when Christoph Jallet settled matters with his decisive kick in sudden death. Check the video below...

"Celebrating with the fans in a local bar!!! what a performance bro's... so proud," he said

Depay won't be seeing his new teammates take on his former club, though, as Lyon were paired with resurgent Dutch side Ajax in their semi-final, while the Red Devils travel to Spain to meet Celta Vigo.

Since joining Lyon, Depay has gone a long way to rebuilding the reputation he'd built at PSV Eindhoven, and while there has been a series of videos showing several of his blunders, he's also looked incredibly exciting.

His highlight reel is equally as impressive and extensive, with a goal from the halfway line being the jewel in the crown so far.

Sadly, though, even if Lyon go on to win the Europa League, Memphis won't be getting his hands on any silverware as they are already well out of the race to the league title.

Currently sat in fourth, they are a whopping 19 points behind Nice in third, and are now playing to stay ahead of Bordeaux and Marseille behind them.

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