Nabil Fekir’s potential move to Liverpool unlikely before World Cup – Lyon president

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has appeared to rule out selling Nabil Fekir to Liverpool before this summer’s World Cup.

Fekir, 24, said last week he is “not close” to a move to Liverpool and will take time to think about his future, but did reveal discussions have taken place with a number of clubs.

The France international has been linked with a move to Anfield as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left Liverpool to join Barcelona during the January transfer window.

Nabil Fekir scored a stunning free-kick to opening the scoring for Lyon against PSG in Ligue 1

Lyon president Aulas insists there is no meeting scheduled with Liverpool representatives and echoed Fekir’s own sentiment that there is no rush to decide his future ahead of the World Cup.

Aulas told Lyon’s website: “There is no information contrary to what I mentioned in the last match. Nabil Fekir has a past at Olympique Lyonnais. He has a future.

“We always try to go in the direction of the players. We will listen carefully. I will be at the match tonight where he will play with the France team (against Republic of Ireland). It is a great pride for us to have a pure talent of selection training.

“We will probably know more after the World Cup. But for the moment, he is from Lyon and we are very proud of him.

“I do not have an appointment with the leaders of Liverpool. There is no urgency at all. We are perfectly serene. If Nabil wants to play the Champions League in Groupama Stadium next year, we will be delighted.”