St Etienne president Roland Romeyer has promised not to sell reported Everton and Arsenal targets Denis Bouanga and Wesley Fofana this summer, while speaking to L’Equipe.
While Les Verts finished a lowly 17th in the French top flight last season after a series of awful results under Claude Puel, the biggest challenge could still be yet to come.
Star centre-back William Saliba has played his last Ligue 1 game in that famous green shirt, with his long-awaited move to Arsenal edging closer by the day.
But Saliba is not the only teenage centre-half who could swap St Etienne for the Emirates.
Further up the field, Player of the Year Bouanga has also been tipped to leave. Everton and West Ham United are interested, according to BuzzSport on Wednesday, after a 12-goal season for the speedy Gabonese winger.
But Romeyer is determined not to weaken an already underachieving squad any further.
“I have not received any official offer for Wesley Fofana and the same goes for Bouanga. Their sale is not at all possible,” the president promises.
It remains to be seen, however, if Romeyer sticks to his word.
St Etienne need the money, as do almost every club in France’s top flight after the Ligue 1 season was curtailed in the spring.
And the sales of Bouanga and Fofana would see the Rhone giants pocket around £30 million.