The President of Olympique Lyonnais Jean-Michel Aulas has said that former Premier League champions Chelsea rejected a move for French man Nabil Fekir.
After becoming a revelation for Lyon last season scoring 23 goals in 39 games. It was not just goals for the French club that increased his value as a player but the way he took his responsibility after the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso left the club.
Fekir influenced the team to play well. The Frenchman started last season mostly on the left wing but as the season went on he drifted behind the striker where he did exceptionally well. Fekir was expected to depart from his boyhood club but was unable to find a proper suitor.
Liverpool who were on the verge of signing the World Cup winner for an amount of £60 million but the French side didn’t agree on the amount put forth by the Merseyside team and the fall out happened between both the clubs and what looked like a done deal was then called off.
Few days after all this drama the French side came out saying that Fekir would be leading Olympique Lyonnais as a captain which meant that the World Cup winner would be staying at the club for this season.
With president Aulas claiming that Chelsea missed out on a chance to take the 24-year-old playmaker to Stamford Bridge. It looks like Chelsea missed out on a glorious opportunity to bring in one of the budding talents in the world of football.
Aulas said –
In the beginning, when we thought about our summer transfer window and how to organise the future squad, we thought that he [Fekir] was practically gone.
That’s why we have been able to adapt things. We spoke with Chelsea representatives, and they had no interest at all in him. From then on, we realised we could change our plans [as he would stay]