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Nabil Fekir hits back at Liverpool ‘lies’

Cape Town – Real Betis attacking midfielder Nabil
Fekir
has rubbished claims that his proposed move to Liverpool collapsed
because of a knee injury.

Fekir was expected to move to Anfield in June 2018 after Liverpool agreed a £53 million fee with Lyon to sign him.

But the French side broke off negotiations soon after, with reports
emerging that the player had either failed his medical or Liverpool
tried to renege on the deal after an issue with his knee was uncovered.

Liverpool have been particularly quiet on the situation, with Jurgen
Klopp uttering just 68 words on Fekir and shrouding the actual details
in mystery.

The player says “lots of lies were told” at the time and that “even I
don’t know” the truth as to why Liverpool pulled out of the deal.

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“I tried not to let it affect me but it did play on my mind, even if
it was unconscious and I kept telling myself that it was just fate,” he
told L’Equipe.

“I still think about it, but with no regrets.

“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
what’s being told is false.

“But when you are a good person in life, you always end up being
happy and at peace. And today I am happy and at peace. Others are not.
But let’s not go into detail.

“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.

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“If my knee had been in such a bad state, would Aulas 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. 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.”

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