Fekir om hvorfor det ikke ble noen overgang til Liverpool.
To explain your aborted transfer to Liverpool, we were able to talk about the condition of your knee or the intervention of your relatives. Did that annoy you?
It touched me because there have been an incredible number of lies told about it. Everything that has been said about my family in particular. It hurt them. It hurt them. Like it hurt me... Especially when you know that what's on the air is not true. But when you are a good person in life, you always end up being happy and quiet. And I, today, am happy and quiet. Others are not well. We're not going to go into detail...
However, this episode still seems to be in your mind...
I follow quietly because what he said to himself is not the truth. The knee, it's fine. I had a medical check-up in Clairefontaine [French FA football training center]. It went successful quickly (laughs)! I haven't been told for a second about the knee. You were talking about President Aulas' proposal. If my knee was really in a critical situation, do you think he would have made me such a proposal?
But the worst thing is that some can claim that it is because of my family that the transfer did not take place, it is a lie... But you have to deal with it.
What is the truth then?
You want the truth? You should know that even I don't know it! I reassure you! I did my medical check-up and, after that, they decided not to make me sign. At one point, they wanted me to believe it was the knee. But there had to be an excuse while the additional medical tests at Clairefontaine were very clear... The knee, it's fine and I feel fine. The knee, it has nothing at all.
That upset you?
What may have annoyed me is that by trying to advance this pseudo physical concern, it may have burned me with other clubs that were potentially interested. While there are other players who have experienced the same injury as me and that hasn't prevented them from returning to a normal trajectory. But I don't have a grudge against Liverpool. I met them, our relations were excellent. They showed me that they really wanted me. But behind it, when you don't surround yourself with the right people, it hurts you.
So it would be related to your former agent, Jean-Pierre Bernès, in your opinion?
Maybe... Then, as I said, it's fate. But when, in negotiations, you are not informed of everything that is going on, it is not normal. We are a discreet family. And it's never good to want to divide a family. We went through all this like a little jolt. It was a dark moment in my career.
How do you feel about your former agent today?
In fact, when you have nothing good to say about someone, there's no point in talking. Otherwise I'm going to say things I'm going to regret. It wouldn't fit my education. He himself knows what's going on... Today, I have no more contact with him and I don't want any more, it's useless.
Do you also feel that you have made mistakes on your side?
I didn't surround myself with the right people. But honestly, I don't regret anything because even these mistakes have made me grow and progress.
Did that make you more suspicious?
Yes, with the experience and mistakes you make, you are forced to be more withdrawn and reserved. There are some detestable things in this world that bother me. Afterwards, we must not forget that before being a profession, playing football is a pleasure. And today, I am in Seville, where I feel soothed. Besides, it's a beautiful weather! (Smile.)
With Bernès, a consummate break Between Nabil Fekir and his former agent Jean-Pierre Bernès, the divorce is now over. Completed last April. The four years of collaboration between the two men seem to have shattered behind the scenes of the failed transfer from the French international to Liverpool in the summer of 2018. And everyone is blaming each other for this episode.
"He has to stop acting and think people are idiots," the agent says. "Everyone knows what happened. The transfer to Liverpool failed for two reasons. The first is his knee, even though the British leaders were willing to make an effort on this issue. The second is the emergence of a pseudo-lawyer from outside the file who requested that negotiations be restarted from the beginning at the time of signing. Between that episode and the medical check-up, Liverpool's leaders decided to drop the case."
Through his lawyer, Carlo Alberto Brusa, Jean Pierre Bernès recently brought an action against Nabil Fekir before the Marseille Regional Court. "This summon is linked to the premature termination of the agent's contract concluded between Mr Bernès and Nabil Fekir. Considering the fact that the player and his entourage have taken liberties in violation of contractual obligations and in particular in violation of the exclusivity clause," summarized Mr. Brusa.