Arsenal transfer target Maxime Gonalons looks set to stay in France next season with current club FC Lyon, after chairman Jean-Michel Aulas denied he will leave the club. 

Aulas was speaking in a press conference in which he addressed the future's of some of Lyon's biggest stars. And Aulas was especially quick to address the future of club captain Maxime Gonalons, who has been on the radar of Premier League side Arsenal and Serie A outfit Napoli. 

Gonalons was a key player in the Lyon squad last season, as he made 42 appearances, scoring four goals, helping them to a third place finish in Ligue 1 last season. 

And Aulas highlighted the importance of their captain to their plans for next season. Speaking to reporters in the conference, Aulas said: "Unfortunately there are several clubs that made offers, one of them superior to £13m Euros. But, he is part of our strategy. And with that I know, Maxime wants to stay at Lyon."

Aulas then moved on to other members of his squad, and their possible transfer destinations. Another player that has been linked with a move to London is Yoann Gourcuff, who has struggled to impress at Lyon since his move from Bordeaux in 2010. 

Aulas said about the future of Gourcuff: "Yoann is part of the players that have had no real success at Lyon. We didn't recieve an offer for him, but we had talks about a possible departure." 


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