Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas denied Maxime Gonalons had a deal with Napoli, but “I promised he could leave.”
The 24-year-old midfielder had already been on the verge of making this move in January, but Aulas pulled the plug at the last minute.
“There is no agreement with Napoli, so I have to deny this report,” Aulas told I-Télé in France.
“This winter I received many offers for Gonalons, including one from the Partenopei. I spoke to the player, explaining that for the good of the team he had to remain with us.
“He agreed, but specified that if the same situation occurred in the summer, I would have to let him go.
“Therefore Maxime has a good chance of being sold, as I am someone who respects his word.”
Captain Gonalons did not appear in advertising for the 2014-15 season Lyon kit, fuelling reports he was on his way out.