Lyon manager on supposed ploy to retain Nabil Fekir

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Lyon club President Jean-Michel Aulas told the public why he granted Nabil Fekir the chance to join Liverpool F.C. earlier this summer, but believes the player will stay put.

France global Fekir appeared on the brink of a move to Anfield only for the deal to fall through after he had completed a medical and agreed personal terms.

"Having said that, I think that if the situation has to remain the way it is, well he is in Lyon, he is our captain, he plays in the Champions League, he is decisive".

Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio was recently unable to guarantee whether one of the key members of his side will still be at the club next season.

"I would have liked him to play more for France".

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Following reports that the forward had undertaken a medical for Liverpool prior to the competition in Russian Federation, the transfer didn't go through - with some expecting it never to happen.

"I did the same with [Corentin] Tolisso [who joined Bayern Munich] and [Samuel] Umtiti [who went to Barcelona]".

Fekir won himself a place in the France squad for the World Cup after a wonderful season with Lyon.

Fekir is now in action at the World Cup for France and Les Bleus take on Belgium in the semi-final on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp is now eyeing a move for his fellow countryman, Brandt, who was named in Germany's squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation ahead of Manchester Ciy's Leroy Sane. If all the players come back healthy from the World Cup, then we already have a really good team and that is all I need to know.

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