France international midfielder Nabil Fekir has suggested that his ex-agent was responsible for the failed switch to Premier League giants Liverpool.
The 26-year-old came close to joining the Merseyside Reds for £53 million in the summer of 2018, however, the Reds pulled out of the deal with Ligue 1 giants Lyon due to concerns over the playmaker’s knee.
Fekir required two operations on his right knee. however, the Frenchman, who joined La Liga outfits Real Betis in the summer, is adamant that his previous knee injury was not raised by the Merseyside Reds during his medical at Clairefontaine.
‘Lots of lies were told and they affected me,’ Fekir told L’Equipe.
‘Especially those told about my family. It hurt them and me. Especially when you know that’s what being told is false.
‘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.
‘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 he was referring to his ex-agent Jean-Pierre Bernes who his split with earlier before the summer transfer window Frenchman replied: ‘Maybe. But like I said, it’s fate. But it’s not normal to be kept informed of negotiations.”