Nabil Fekir does not know how to win back Didier Deschamps: "I don't know what he is basing it on"

Nabil Fekir does not know how to win back Didier Deschamps: “I don’t know what he is basing it on”

It was no surprise. Nor even the subject of a questioning, on the sidelines of the announcement made by Didier Deschamps this Thursday. Nabil Fekir was not retained by the coach of the Blues, for the four League of Nations matches they will have to play in June. However, the tricolor international is having a convincing season with Betis, crowned with a Copa del Rey title.
It is for the kind of emotions aroused by this trophy that his transfer to Seville resonates as a success, beyond the individual aspect. “It was a special success for the supporters, who had been waiting for it for 17 years. We were lucky to be able to offer them that. To see the joy of people, the tears of happiness of some, it was incredible“, testifies Fekir, who had never won anything in club, with So Foot.

There is this liberating Spanish Cup. There is a fifth place in La Liga, before a trip to Real Madrid on Friday during the 38th day. There are 10 goals and 10 personal assists, including a direct corner at the start of the year. But there is no more selection. Fekir, transferred from Lyon to Betis in the summer of 2019, has not participated in a match for the France team since September 2020.

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Does he still believe in his chances of finding the Blues? “Of course alwayshe answers in this interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday. And that’s okay. When you play at the top level, selection is a goal” Fekir is 28 years old, is a world champion and has 25 caps. He is, among other things, the player who causes the most fouls per game in La Liga. He fulfills many criteria to play at international level.

Among the disadvantages, there is competition, on the one hand. And perhaps the level of his team, of another, which deprives him in particular of shining in the Champions League. “Honestly I don’t know at all (if it’s decisive, editor’s note). I don’t know what he [Didier Deschamps] is based. But I am at his disposal“, assures Fekir, who declares that he has “not too much” contacts with the staff of the France team.

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In this exchange with SoFoot, Nabil Fekir shows no regrets about his career choice. Only a slight disappointment, regarding his aborted transfer to Liverpool, in 2018: “Especially the first two, three days. You wonder why it didn’t happen (…) I had met the coach [Jürgen Klopp], I had spoken with him and it is a great club.”

But the attacking midfielder sweeps away the idea of ​​a still open wound: “Thinking about it wouldn’t have made any difference (…) We had to move forward. Such is life” One thing was clear to him, leaving Olympique Lyonnais, with whom he played 193 pro matches, meant leaving France: “It was time for me to look elsewhere. And elsewhere, it was abroad because in France, for me, there is only OL. ” OL, and a national team that he still hopes to rejoin.

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