Nabil Fekir has hit out at the “lies” which surfaced on the back of a proposed £53 million ($66m) transfer to Liverpool breaking down in the summer of 2018.
Fekir, had travelled to England and been pictured in the colours of his supposedly new club. There was, however, to be a late twist, with Liverpool opting to back out of the deal.
Medical concerns were cited, with Fekir considered to be a risk after nursing his way back from a serious knee injury. The 26-year-old, who secured a £22m ($27m) move to Real Betis this year, has questioned the motives of those on Merseyside and claims to still be unaware as to the real reasons why a switch did not happen.
“Lots of lies were told and they affected me, said Fekir. “Especially those told about my family. It hurt them and me. Especially when you know that what’s being told is false. What was said is not the truth. My knee is good – I had a quick medical check at Clairefontaine (France’s national training base) – my knee wasn’t even mentioned.”
“If my knee had been in such a bad state, would Aulas (Lyon chairman Jean-Michel) have made [a huge offer to keep me]? But the worst thing is the idea that people could suggest that it’s because of my family that the transfer didn’t happen. It’s a lie. But you have to live with it.”
“You want the truth? Even I don’t know – I promise you!” exclaimed the winger. “I did my medical and then [Liverpool] decided not to sign me. At some point they wanted to have me believe it was because of my knee – but an excuse needed to be found.”