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Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir has finally opened up about his failed 2018 transfer to Liverpool. The Reds pulled the plug on his move at the 11th hour citing concerns about a previous knee injury.

He continued to be linked with Jürgen Klopp’s outfit with suggestions last summer that the Liverpool manager was considering making a fresh bid for his services after his valuation dropped from £53million to £17million due to his contract running down. Nothing materialised and rumours eventually suggested that Klopp would only go up to £15million. He didn’t bid and Fekir made the switch to Spanish side Real Betis and he’s started the season well having scored 2 goals in his first 3 games.

Commenting on what happend with Liverpool, Fekir said: “Lots of lies were told and they affected me. Especially those told about my family. It hurt them and me. Especially when you know that’s what being told is false.

“What was said is not the truth. My knee is good, I had a quick medical check at Clairefontaine, my knee wasn’t even mentioned. If my knee had been in such a bad state, would [Jean-Michel] Aulas have made an 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. 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.

“The medical tests that I did at Clairefontaine were very clear, my knee is perfectly fine and I feel fine. There are no issues at all with my knee.

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“But I have no bitterness towards Liverpool. I met them and we got on brilliantly. They showed that they really wanted me. But when you surround yourself with the wrong people, it comes off badly on you.”

Asked if that was a dig at his former agent Jean-Pierre Bernes who he parted company with earlier this year and he replied: “Maybe. But like I said, it’s fate. But it’s not normal to be kept informed of negotiations.

“My family is discreet and it’s not nice to try to split a family. It was a dark moment in my career.

“If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, it’s best to stay quiet. Otherwise I’ll say things I’ll regret.

“That’s not how I was brought up. He (Bernes) knows where he stands. We have no contact today and I don’t want any.”