Liverpool transfer target Nabil Fekir has admitted he can open talks with Lyon whenever he wants to leave.
French international Fekir, 24, has been heavily tipped for a summer switch to Merseyside, following suggestions in France that he is lining up a £60million move.
The Lyon skipper has scored 22 goals in 38 games for his club, inspiring a push for a Champions League place with a standout season from an attacking midfield position.
And now he has spoken out about his future - with rumours he’s already met Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to iron out a deal.
“The president told me, like he told everyone else when they signed their contracts, that we have the possibility to talk whenever I want to leave,” he told L’Equipe.
“Nobody signs for life in a club. It doesn’t work like that.
“But I don’t have a free pass to leave. I have a contract until 2020. I’ll let destiny handle the rest.
“I’m in Lyon for two more games and then we’ll see,” he added.
“For now, there’s nothing. The president trusts me and I feel good at Lyon.”
Yesterday Fekir’s father has rubbished suggestions the Lyon captain has met with Jurgen Klopp to discuss a switch to Liverpool.
He has been mooted as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January, despite the impending arrival of Naby Keita.
But the player’s father, Mohamed, has dismissed talk that a deal is in the offing, denying that the left-footed schemer has been on Merseyside for discussions.
“Nabil in Liverpool, that’s wrong,” he said, speaking to Olympique-et-lyonnais.com.
“I hear there are arrangements, stuff like that - I was surprised.
“I can deny this information right now; it’s not true. Otherwise Nabil would have told me right away, we are very close.
“I can guarantee you that he never met him [Klopp]. His dream is to play in the Champions League with his boyhood club.”
It comes after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas denied suggestions of a switch.
“I do not know where this comes from,” said Aulas. “If we had to negotiate for Nabil with a club, I would be the first to know. There has been no contact.”
Lyon are set to return to Europe’s top table next season, having been without Champions League football this term.
Bruno Genesio’s side are second in Ligue 1 with two games to play, having surged ahead of Monaco and Marseille with an astonishing eight-match winning run.
Source: Daily Mirror
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