Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas claims a knee injury was not the issue behind Nabil Fekir failing to join Liverpool.
The 25-year-old looked almost certain to complete a move to Anfield in the summer, only for the deal to collapse at the last minute.
Speaking to RMC, he said:
At the final moment, the three parties did not find an agreement, but not just Liverpool and Lyon, who had had an agreement.
There was a change of heart from Liverpool’s point of view, as we were in a tight situation in that Nabil was about to go to the World Cup, we decided to finish [the talks].
Nabil at the time was ok with all of that.
I think it (the knee injury) was one of the arguments that was used on the Liverpool side, but personally I do not think it was the real reason.
Fekir has been linked with a move away from Lyon in January, with Liverpool again rumoured to be monitoring the situation.
Aulas claims it is unlikely, however, even ruling out a summer exit for the Ligue 1 side’s captain:
I do not think that he wants to [leave in January].
So, especially in the moment that we are in, with a chance to qualify for the Champions League and definitely being in the Europa League, I don’t imagine that Nabil could leave this summer.