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Nabil Fekir insists claims his move to Liverpool collapsed because of a failed medical are

‘Lots of lies were told… there are no issues at all with my knee’: Nabil Fekir hits back at claims his Liverpool move collapsed over a failed medical and insists he still has no idea why the Reds pulled the plug last summer

  • Nabil Fekir insists his knee is perfectly fine after a move to Liverpool collapsed 
  • The Frenchman was on the brink of moving to Anfield for £53m 12 months ago
  • A deal fell through though amid reports Liverpool were unhappy with his medical
  • Fekir claims his knee is perfectly fine and still doesn’t know what happened 
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Nabil Fekir has insisted that claims his move to Liverpool in the summer of 2018 collapsed because of a failed medical are ‘lies’ and that his knee is ‘perfectly fine’.

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It was widely reported that Lyon and Liverpool had agreed a £53million transfer fee for the Frenchman just over 12 months ago and he had even recorded a welcome interview with Liverpool TV before a deal dramatically collapsed.

It is believed Liverpool tried to renegotiate the deal after a medical in Paris flagged up concerns over his knee. Fekir suffered a serious knee injury in 2015-16, a ruptured cruciate ligament, though hasn’t suffered serious recurring problems since.  

Nabil Fekir insists claims his move to Liverpool collapsed because of a failed medical are 'lies'

Nabil Fekir insists claims his move to Liverpool collapsed because of a failed medical are ‘lies’

Fekir, playing for France on Saturday, insists he still does not know why his move fell through

Fekir, playing for France on Saturday, insists he still does not know why his move fell through

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Fekir, playing for France on Saturday, insists he still does not know why his move fell through

As a result of the medical findings, Liverpool’s interest in him cooled and he went on to join Real Betis in a shock £22m transfer earlier this summer. 

However, in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, Fekir has now claimed that there was nothing wrong with his knee and insists he still has no idea why his move to Anfield fell through.

‘Lots of lies were told and they affected me,’ he said. 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 (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]?

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‘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.

Liverpool had agreed a £53million transfer fee but Fekir never got to play for the Reds

Liverpool had agreed a £53million transfer fee but Fekir never got to play for the Reds

Liverpool had agreed a £53million transfer fee but Fekir never got to play for the Reds

The Frenchman signed for Spanish side Real Betis instead this summer and has started well

The Frenchman signed for Spanish side Real Betis instead this summer and has started well

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The Frenchman signed for Spanish side Real Betis instead this summer and has started well

‘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.’ 

There had been talk of the European champions rekindling their interest this summer but Jurgen Klopp did not add any big names to his squad and Betis swooped for the playmaker.

Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas indicated at the start of the window that Fekir would be allowed to leave this summer. 

Fekir had made it clear he had no intention of signing a new contract, with his deal at the Ligue 1 outfit up in June 2020. 

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He has quickly settled into life in Spain too with two goals in his opening three league games, including a goal at the Nou Camp and a winner against Leganes.