Nabil Fekir’s former agent has rubbished claims from the French player that Liverpool ‘lied’ about why the potential transfer was culled last summer.
Fekir underwent a customary medical at Liverpool in the summer of 2018, but the European champions pulled the plug on the deal after problems with his knee surfaced.
The French winger, who made a shock move to Real Betis in July, rubbished those claims, saying ‘lots of lies were told’, but his agent at the time Jean-Pierre Bernes stated there were no lies on Liverpool’s part.
Speaking to French outlet L’Equipe, Bernes said: ‘He has to stop this show and stop taking people for fools. Everyone knows what happened.
‘The transfer to Liverpool has turned around for two reasons. The first is his knee, even though the English club’s leaders were willing to make an effort on this.
‘The second is the appearance of a foreign pseudo-representative who asked for the negotiations to be resumed from the beginning at the moment of signing.
‘Between this episode and the medical visit, Liverpool’s leaders decided to abandon the case.’
Fekir, now 26-years-old, was pictured in a Liverpool shirt last summer and even completed an interview with the club’s TV channel.
But Liverpool, who had agreed a £53million deal, opted not to take the risk when knee troubles flared up at a medical.
To the same publication, Fekir said yesterday that he had no idea why Liverpool did not sign him.
‘You want the truth? Even I don’t know – I promise you!’ said Fekir.
‘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.
‘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]?
‘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.
‘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.’
Fekir, who won the 2018 World Cup with France and is part of their squad for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Andorra on Tuesday, has scored twice in three La Liga appearances so far this season, including a goal at the Nou Camp against Barcelona.
first published by Dailymail.co.uk