Nabil Fekir has claimed Liverpool lied and made excuses over his failed transfer to the club in the summer of 2018. The Frenchman was set to join the Premier League side from Lyon in a deal reported to be in the region of £53m. The 26-year-old had travelled to England agreed personal terms and underwent a medical before the club pulled out of the deal at the last minute.
Liverpool cited a knee injury as the reason the deal collapsed, but Fekir who is currently on international duty with France has said that they weren’t telling the truth. Sky Sports reported that he told the French national newspaper L ‘Equipe that they were looking for an excuse to not sign him.
"There was an incredible amount of lies told about it. Everything that has been said about my family in particular. It hurts them, as it hurt me.
"You want the truth? Even I do not know it, I assure you. I did my medical examination and, behind, they decided not to sign me.
"At one point, they wanted me to believe it was the knee. But it was an excuse and medical tests passed at Clairefontaine were very clear.
He said that he was upset that the false information given about his knee caused other clubs to lose interest in signing him.
"What irritated me was that by trying to advance this pseudo-physical problem, it ruled out chances with other clubs that were potentially interested, while there are other players who have experienced the same injury and it did not prevent them from returning to a normal trajectory.”
Fekir ended up staying at Lyon for another season before joining La Liga side Real Betis in the summer of 2019. He said that he does not hold any grudges against Liverpool despite the failed move.
"I have no bitterness towards Liverpool. They showed me that they really wanted me. But behind, when you do not surround yourself with good people, it hurts you."