Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claims Real Madrid want Nabil Fekir while suggesting that he pulled the plug on Liverpool’s deal because it dragged on too long.
Fekir was set to join Liverpool before the World Cup, with the France star having undergone a medical and given interviews to the Reds’ media department ahead of his unveiling.
But the deal fell apart, with reports suggesting Liverpool were concerned about an old knee injury.
Aulas, though, has offered his version of events while suggesting that Real Madrid now want the playmaker.
Speaking to RT France, he said: “Listen, at that stage it was foreseen he would go to Liverpool, I had given it the green light to go ahead. but it just took too long, things were just too drawn out.
“He is an exceptional player, he keeps the ball in little space and has an incredible talent. The fact that things didn’t conclude with Liverpool and it didn’t happen in that timeframe has peaked the interest of a lot of other clubs – Real Madrid, but not just Real Madrid and their new trainer.
“There is a lot of interest from other camps, so everything is possible.
“But at the same time we still have eyes for him staying in Lyon. My objective is to get him to stay – the players are like sons to me and I hope to persuade him to stay.
“But if he absolutely wishes to leave, then we will try to find the biggest club to match his talent.”