Nabil Fekir is still struggling to come to terms with the breakdown of his transfer to Liverpool, according to Lyon manager Bruno Genesio.

Jurgen Klopp had identified the creative midfielder as a potential like-for-like replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona back in January, and sanctioned a £60million deal for the 25-year-old.

The move collapsed. Liverpool attempted to renegotiate the deal but Lyon were unwilling to sell at a lower price and Klopp, instead, opted to focus on strengthening other areas of his team.

Chelsea were subsequently credited with an interest in the player but Fekir remains at Lyon and is ready to make his first team return having enjoyed an extended break following the role he played in France’s World Cup winning campaign.

"It is never easy accepting this kind of situation, when you are very near to signing for a club where you want to go," Genesio told reporters.

"Where you want to reach another level and to give a boost to your career.

"But as I said, it could have been worse for him. He is at Lyon, at a strong club, he is captain of a team who plays in the Champions League."

Source: Metro

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