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Nabil Fekir no closer to possible Liverpool switch

The Lyon playmaker, 24, captained the Ligue 1 club this season and is a France international.

Nabil Fekir insists a move to Liverpool is “not close” as speculation mounts over the Lyon playmaker’s future.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, beaten by Real Madrid in Saturday night’s Champions League final, have been persistently linked with a move worth in the region of £60million for the 24-year-old France international, who captained the Ligue 1 side this season.

But Fekir told French television programme Telefoot on Sunday morning: “I’m not close to the Reds.

“There are talks with clubs. I will take time to reflect on things.”

Fekir’s comments follow those of Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas earlier this week which suggested the player could stay with the club despite appearing to bid farewell to their fans following the final game of the season.

“We simply know that teams are interested. His agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has told us so,” Aulas told L’Equipe.

“There have been no discussions either with Nabil or with other clubs, so it’s very premature. He’s also hesitating about whether he wants to play in the Champions League with Lyon.”

Lyon finished third in Ligue 1 to secure a return to Europe’s top table next season.

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