Speaking in an extraordinary interview with Canal Plus, agent Jean-Pierre Bernès finally revealed why his former client Nabil Fékir’s move to Liverpool in the summer of 2018 failed to come to fruition.
“Nabil was Liverpool’s priority. I worked for 4 months with the Liverpool representatives, with Jürgen Klopp, Jean-Michel Aulas, everything was ready. Nabil was already aware of his future contract, which would have seen him earn around €45m over 5 years. And on the day that the contract was supposed to be signed, at Rambouillet, we saw a lawyer and Nabil’s brother-in-law arrive who said: ‘Stop everything, discussions have to start all over again.’ It was surreal. We thought that we were in a Walt Disney film.”
“There were two elements. The player’s medical was negative and the second element was that when you want to sign for a big club like Liverpool, you need a certain attitude. When the Liverpool guys witnessed this cinema, they immediately… Sometimes when a player has an injury representatives can make an effort to make it work.”
“The brother-in-law of Nabil Fékir all of a sudden acted like a player’s agent. He wanted a commission, everyone knows, it is fashionable these days. [Fékir] was on a cloud, he seemed to have transformed, he didn’t even greet the Liverpool representatives. He arrived after the medical, everyone was looking at each other, the Liverpool representatives were wondering where they were. I was ashamed.”