Rennes were right to keep Arsenal target Yann M'Vila, says general manager Pierre Dreossi

The Gunners were willing to make the French international their record signing, but the Ligue 1 outfit are adamant they made the right decision not to sell their star man
Rennes have no regrets about opting to keep midfielder Yann M’Vila despite turning down several lucrative bids from Arsenal, the club’s general manager has insisted.

As exclusively revealed last week, Arsene Wenger had identified French international M’Vila as his top target and was willing to make him the club’s record signing in a deal worth £25 million (€28.5), but the Ligue 1 outfit could not be moved to sell.

Now Rennes general manager Pierre Dreossi has revealed his club never had any intention of selling M’Vila to Arsenal or anyone else before the close of the transfer window, and is hopeful they will soon reap the benefits of keeping their star man.

“We tried to find the best way for Yann to stay,” Dreossi told RMC. “We were able to make an effort, and we did it. It was the best solution for both parties.

“He has reached a high level that is very interesting. If he confirms himself, I hope we will receive the benefits."