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Nabil Fekir Puts Liverpool “Out of My Head”

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The French star says he’s moved on from last summer’s failed deal but won’t commit to a Lyon future.

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Nabil Fekir says he’s moved on from the past summer’s failed Liverpool move and that everybody else needs to do the same. Which, to be fair, is something most Liverpool fans have probably already done.

With the Reds starting the season with four wins in a row and looking ahead to a busy autumn with what could be their deepest squad ever, Fekir hasn’t been a concern since the transfer window closed last month.

For Lyon fans and those covering the French league, though, it hasn’t been quite so easy to move on from one the summer’s biggest transfer sagas—one that ended in disappointment and more than a little mystery.

“What happened with Liverpool I’ve put out of my head,” Fekir told reporters covering the French national team this week. “I’ve turned the page—we must move forward. There are things that must be accepted.”

Since his move to Liverpool fell through, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has spoken of him needing a new deal—his current contract runs through the summer of 2020—but Fekir says there’s been no talk yet.

“My future?” Fekir added when pressed on the question as to whether or not his future remains with current club Lyon. “We have not discussed an extension yet, so we will see what happens.”

For some, it’s an admission that will lead to more talk about Fekir’s future and questions about whether just maybe he hasn’t turned the page and a move in January might be in the works—to Liverpool or elsewhere.

It probably shouldn’t, though. At least not involving Liverpool. The club backed away from a deal for Fekir, a player who was their top target at his position, for good reasons. Those won’t change in six months.