Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, Real Betis attacking midfielder Nabil Fékir discussed his failed move to Liverpool from 2018 for the first time.
“I tried not to let it affect me but it did play on my mind, even if it was subconscious and I kept telling myself that it was just fate. I still think about it, but with no regrets… Lots of lies were told and that affected me. Especially those claimed about my family. It hurt both them and me. Especially when you know that’s what being said 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 lets’ 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. If my knee had been in such a bad state, why would Aulas have made (a big contract extension offer)?”
“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 because 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.”