Lyon president, Jean-Michael Aulas, has unapologetically blamed Liverpool for the breakdown of French striker, Nabil Fekir's proposed transfer to Anfield and has confirmed that Spanish giants, Real Madrid have expressed an interest in the 24-year-old, Sky Sports reports.
Having been expected to complete a move to Merseyside ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Liverpool were dealt a blow to their summer recruitment as Lyon released a statement earlier this June, confirming that the Ligue 1 side had ended negotiations between the two clubs.
Aulas has accused Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool of delaying the process and has revealed why Lyon chose to call off the deal after lengthy discussions.
"It was anticipated at one stage that he could leave for Liverpool. I had given him the green light", Aulas said. "The transfer did not happen because things took too long."
Lyon's Aulas stated that Liverpool's inability to complete the deal sooner had opened the door to other clubs who showed an interest in Fekir, including Champions League winners, Real Madrid.
He said: "Nabil is an exceptional player. It's true that because a move to Liverpool was not concluded, we sparked the interest of a lot of other clubs and not just Real Madrid.
"Everything is possible. My objective is to keep him at the club. I have always listed in priority the players who are, on a relationship level, for me, like my kids, my sons.
"I hope he will stay fit but if he absolutely wants to leave, we will try to find the biggest club in relation to his level", Aulas concluded.
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