Maxime Gonalons’ agent has indicated that the player had reached agreement with Napoli, but now won’t force a move from Lyon.
The defensive midfielder was seen as just awaiting approval this week from his Ligue 1 employers to complete a transfer out to the Stadio San Paolo.
However, in seeing Lyon announce their rejection of Napoli’s offer, the player will be content to stay, according to his agent.
“I was approached by Napoli last summer, they had offered €9m for Maxime, they absolutely wanted the player, who had affected Benitez since scoring for Lyon against Liverpool in the Champions League,” began Fredric Guerra to Rtl.fr.
“The offer climbed to €15m and we found it very interesting. We agreed to the move and Maxime was happy to move to the Azzurri, he liked the project and everything was alright.
“The player would have been going to an ambitious team whilst also improving his salary.
“Now [after the move’s collapse] there will be no tug-of-war with Lyon, Maxime knows the situation of the team and the club in which he grew up.”