FEKIR: LIVERPOOL LIED ABOUT MY MEDICAL
"I assure you that I passed Liverpool medicals and they decided not to sign me. They wanted to make me think that it was my knee, but they had to have an excuse and the medical tests in Clairefontaine were very clear," he assured.
Fekir was close to signing for Liverpool a year before leaving to join Betis. The player denied that it wasn’t to do with knee problems. Fekir referred to the fact that he was surrounded by people who were not at all positive for him: "What annoys me is that other clubs which were potentially interested pulled out."
Nabil Fekir left Lyon and joined Real Betis, as they sold Giovani Lo Celso's to Totteham Hotspur. The France international Fekir, 26, entered the final 12 months of his deal at the start of July and LaLiga club Betis swooped to complete a transfer that could cost them €29.75million, with the deal also including a potential 20% sell-on bonus for Lyon.
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His younger brother, Yassin Fekir, has also moved to the Benito Villamarin, and Lyon will receive 50 per cent of any future transfer fee for the 22-year-old.
The versatile attacker, who has hit 36 Ligue 1 goals in the last three years, almost moved to Liverpool in 2018 and was linked to Arsenal after declining to discuss new terms with Lyon, the club he captained for two seasons.
Fekir progressed through the Ligue 1 side's academy and helped France win the World Cup in Russia last year.
In an interview with 'L'Equipe', Nabil Fekir has pointed out that he could have signed for Liverpool and that he parted company his agent Jean-Pierre Bernes, who he accuses as of one of those which prevented the deal happening.
On his signing for Betis, Fekir made clear that he is proud to been able to move to La Liga: "I am satisfied as a person on a sporting front, which is what counts. La Liga is a league which has always attracted me and I have the opportunity to evolve in a family club."