Sevilla’s director of football Joaquin Caparros has insisted that Steven N’Zonzi will not be leaving the club, unless his €40m release clause is met
The France international has been strongly linked with a reunion with former Sevilla boss Unai Emery at Arsenal this summer with the Spaniard having refused to rule out the possibility of signing a “top player” if one should become available.
N’Zonzi played in the final 35 minutes of France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in Sunday’s World Cup final and any decisions on his future will likely be put on hold, until he returns from his summer holiday.
While acknowledging that there has been interest from unnamed clubs in the 29-year-old, Caparros insisted there have been no offers yet and insisted that Sevilla would only entertain bids that match his buyout clause – much like Barcelona did with their €35.9m purchase of defender Clement Lenglet last week.
“Steven has two years remaining on his contract,” said Caparros, according to AS.
“We have texted each other during the World Cup and I have congratulated him on his achievements with France, of course.
“We have not received any offers for him and I will say the same to any clubs who may be interested as what we said with Lenglet – he has a buyout clause, and it’s €40m.”
N’Zonzi joined Sevilla in 2015 and has since made 90 appearances in La Liga in his three seasons at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.