Lollichon says he spoke with Areola over the summer and admits the former Villarreal No1 wanted to make the move.
He told Le Figaro: "We both had a lot of discussion this summer. In a very argued way.
"He wanted to come here but the final decision was not my responsibility. It would have been a pleasure to work with him."
Areola made his France debut yesterday for their 0-0 draw with Germany.