Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has said that he expected Nabil Fekir to join Liverpool.
The France international came within a whisker of completing a move to Anfield back in June before the club reportedly called it off after concerns were raised over a prior knee injury in his medical examination.
The skipper of the Ligue 1 club broke his silence last week over the failed transfer, but gave little away as to exactly why it was called off after he had completed an interview wearing a Liverpool shirt.
“I have totally come to terms with the failed transfer to Liverpool.” he said.
“I heard lots of things, the real reason? Only Liverpool know.” he added.
And now his club president has spoken out, once again, on the matter by saying that he expected his captain to leave after helping them to qualify for this season’s Champions League.
“In the beginning, when we thought about our summer transfer window and how to organise the future squad, we thought that he was practically gone.” Aulas told a press conference.
“That’s why we have been able to adapt things.” he added.
He then went on to reveal that reported interest from Premier League club Chelsea was not true and that the London side were not keen on signing the Frenchman.
“We spoke with Chelsea representatives, and they had no interest at all in him.” he continued.
“From then on, we realised we could change our plans.” he finished.
Many Liverpool supporters remain hopeful that the deal will be resurrected in January, but it seems unlikely as things stand.