Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman has finally knocked back Sunderland’s offer of a return to England this summer.
The former Swansea man was in talks with Sunderland for a move to the Stadium of Light and had reportedly agreed in principle to join Dick Advocaat’s team.
However, the 27-year-old was taking his own time to make a final decision, which frustrated Napoli, who were keen to replace him with Marseille’s Mario Lemina.
And according to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, after a period of contemplation, the Dutchman has refused to move to the Stadium of Light this summer.
Napoli had agreed a season-long loan deal with Sunderland for the midfielder, but he has decided to reject the offer from the Black Cats.
It was suggested that he was ready to move back to England, but it seems a move to a struggling Premier League side such as Sunderland has ultimately not appealed to De Guzman.
The Dutch international joined Napoli from Villarreal last summer and made 36 appearances in all competitions for the club last season.
He has 71 Premier League appearances under his belt for Swansea and Advocaat was hoping to add that experience to his struggling Sunderland side.