Nabil Fekir has dismissed reports that his proposed move to Premier League side Liverpool fell apart due to issues with the knee.
Fekir, who by then was a Lyon player was heaving linked with a move to Liverpool but the deal failed to materialize. Reports emerged that the Reds opted not to sign the Frenchman due to injury concerns. The 26-year-old ended up joining Real Betis for a reported fee of £53m in the summer. And ever since joining the La Liga side, Fekir has not suffered any recurring problems and insists the reason for the collapsed move was nothing to with his physical state.
"Lots of lies were told and they affected me. Especially those told about my family. It hurt them and me. Especially when you know that's what is being told is false,” he told L'Equipe.
"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 [Lyon chairman 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."
Fekir has netted two goals in his first three La Liga matches.