Sources have suggested Fiorentina “promised” Stevan Jovetic will be sold to Manchester City next summer for €30m.
The Viola refused all offers for the Montenegro international, including proposals from Juventus and Chelsea.
“We are very happy with the fact he remained. Our President did very well to convince Stevan to marry this project,” said director Sandro Mencucci.
However, according to Goal.com Italia, Jovetic only agreed to stay in Florence for another 12 months.
It would be similar to the deal the club struck with Luca Toni, who was convinced to delay his transfer to Bayern Munich by a year to help them through the post-Calciopoli campaign.
Jovetic was a key figure in order to build the team around and bring in reinforcements such as Borja Valero, Alberto Aquilani, Emiliano Viviano and David Pizarro.
It is alleged that he only accepted this role for one more year with the promise he could join a bigger club in 2013-14.
This agreement also sees Jovetic ‘thank’ the Viola for standing by him when he spent a year out with a devastating knee injury.
His price-tag is around €30m, although it could rise to €35m and above if he has a great season.