Late last week, we covered various reports from France who claimed that Everton had reached an agreement with Lyon over the transfer of their winger Rachid Ghezzal.

A fee of €11m was being thrown about, and the Premier League club had also made the player a contractual offer, which the player decided to take a few days to mull over.

Torn between either staying at Lyon for the coming season and leaving on a free, moving to Everton or signing a new contract at his current club, the winger has discarded one of these options: a move to England.

According to RMC Sport in France, Ghezzal has rejected Everton’s offer after a good long weekend of thinking, despite theirs being a ‘good’ one.

The player also has an offer from Lyon on the table to extend his current deal with a nice pay rise to boot, but will he take it? That is the big question in France.

Jean-Michel Aulas explained to RMC the offer ‘is important, with a salary matching that of players who play for their national team’.

We’ll have to see, but his move to Everton is now off.

UPDATE: L’Equipe journalist Bilel Ghazi has also confirmed this, but the national newspaper also explain the player prioritises an extended contract at Lyon as he wants to play in Europe.

Lyon qualified for the Champions League after finishing second in Ligue 1 last season.