Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Why my move to Liverpool failed - Nabil Fekir

France International Nabil Fekir has revealed why his move to Liverpool failed and believe it was down to his former agent Jean-Pierre Bernes.

Nabil Fekir was close to joining Liverpool in the summer and even had a medical with the England Side. It was however surprising when Liverpool later pulled out of the move claiming Fekir was having a problem with his Knee.

He however later signed for Spanish side Real Betis and he has been in top form since joining the Spanish side.

Speaking with L'Equipe, Fekir has now revealed why  the move to the England side failed and also claim his former agent Jean-Pierre Bernes was responsible for it.

'Lots of lies were told and they affected me,' Fekir 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, my knee wasn’t even mentioned. If my knee had been in such a bad state, would [Jean-Michel] Aulas have made [an 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.'

'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.'

Fekir was further asked if he was referring to his former agent [Jean-Pierre Bernes] that was responsible for the Liverpool transfer.

'Maybe. But like I said, it’s fate. But it’s not normal to be kept informed of negotiations,' He replied
'My family is discreet and it’s not nice to try to split a family. It was a dark moment in my career.'

'If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, it’s best to stay quiet. Otherwise, I’ll say things I’ll regret.'

‘That’s not how I was brought up. He [Bernes] knows where he stands. We have no contact today and I don’t want any. '

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