The icing on the cake. This Friday evening, Real Betis Balompié ends its copious 2022-23 season with a five-star menu. Indeed, the Andalusians will challenge Real Madrid, crowned champion of Spain a few days ago, in the legendary Santiago Bernabéu stadium. They could not have dreamed of a better way to complete this exercise marked by a nice victory in the King’s Cup. The first club title of Nabil Fekir, crowned world champion with the Blues in 2018. Something to make the former Olympique Lyonnais player proud, interviewed by SoFoot.
His best season at Betis
“It’s pretty. 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. Seeing people’s joy, some people’s tears of happiness, was incredible. I felt like it was more than a Copa Del Rey.”. Not far from qualifying for the Champions League this season with his club, the Frenchman draws a positive balance sheet. “It’s okay. As I am demanding with myself, we will say that it was a good season, my best since I arrived here (in 2019) statistically but I could have done better..
But what he did is already not bad. In 46 appearances in all competitions, including 45 as a starter, Fekir has scored 10 goals and provided 11 assists. Something to make him happy. “I am very good. After all, every year is different. So far, everything is going well.”. In Seville he found more than a club. Especially since Betis is underestimated in his eyes. “The stadium, the supporters, the atmosphere… Few clubs can boast of having that. It is something exceptional. I had the chance to play in a lot of stadiums and I can say that it’s not everywhere like that..
Fekir talks about his future
He pursues : “And it’s almost full in every game, not just against Barca or Real. Even if I knew the reputation of the club when I arrived here, I did not expect that. There is everything to be happy here. I take pleasure because we try to play the ball, to propose the game “. One of the reasons that pushed him to extend until 2026 in January. “When you’re good somewhere, you know… It’s complicated to find a place where you feel like that, where everyone trusts you, where your family likes… These are important things”.
Despite everything, France is a little lacking in Fekir. “Sometimes yes. We live very well in Seville, and I like Spain, but France is where I grew up. It is the house. I have my bearings there. It always feels good to come back, even for just two days.. But this summer, the native of Lyon could well change the air. Indeed, Betis does not close the door to a departure and hopes to make a big sale thanks to him. According to our information, Atlético de Madrid is following his case closely. But the former OL captain doesn’t think too much about it, he who still has the Blues in the back of his mind.
The Blues in sight
Since September 8, 2020, he has no longer worn the jersey struck by the rooster. “I don’t mind. I work and I give the maximum here. There is no secret. Afterwards, there is a coach and he makes choices (…) Of course, I still believe in it. And that’s okay. When you play at the top level, selection is a goal.. But the player, who admitted not having had too much contact with the coach, was not called up yesterday for the next meeting in June. The fact of not playing in C1 can explain his absence. “Honestly, I don’t know at all. I don’t know what he (Deschamps) is basing himself on. But I am at his disposal”.
The message got through! It remains to be seen whether DD will hear him and call on him at the next World Cup in Qatar. What is certain is that by then, the Frenchman will give his all at the club, he who will have to make the right decision for his future this summer and who is proud of the progress made. “At the start, it was complicated for me. I was not a player who was necessarily in the plans. Today, I’m lucky enough to be able to play football at a high level and it’s wonderful. I try to enjoy every moment”. And he is right, he who has experienced difficult times such as his serious injury or his aborted transfer to Liverpool which remains an injury as he confided.