LIVERPOOL, England – Lyon said that captain Nabil Fekir will stay at the club after breaking the transfer negotiations with Liverpool.
A source told ESPN FC on Thursday that Liverpool hoped to secure a deal of € 60 million for France's international, despite previous comments by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, that it would not be carried out no transfer before the World Cup.
The club hoped that they would be in a position to confirm the change on Friday, with an image of Fekir's introductory interview with the Liverpool television channel that leaked on social networks.
But Lyon issued a statement Saturday night saying they expected to have the offensive midfielder with them for the next season.
Nabil Fekir reste à l & # 39; OL https://t.co/RiE3st94Vq
– Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) June 9, 2018
"Lyon announces that the negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of the Lyon not they have been successful and Lyon has decided to end the negotiations tonight at 8 pm, "the statement said.
"Although Liverpool have been Nabil's priority among several ambitious club offers, Lyon is overjoyed that they can count on the presence of their captain, who will be a significant part of their 2018-19 season when they enter the club. Champions League after finishing third. "
Liverpool declined to comment when contacted by ESPN FC.  Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards were particularly interested in concluding a deal for Fekir before the 24-year-old went to the World Cup with the French team.
Didier Deschamps's team will fly to Russia after Saturday's friendly with the United States in Lyon.