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Fans’ favourite gives honest interview after being quizzed over ‘real’ Newcastle talks

Matthew Briggs
Nabil Fekir Real Betis Villarreal Manu Trigueros October 2021

Reported Newcastle target and Real Betis star Nabil Fekir has left the door open on a future move, but says he is not thinking about “the offers”.

The 28-year-old playmaker, who almost signed for Liverpool, was linked with Newcastle back in 2020. That was when a takeover of the club was first mooted. But with no deal transpiring, the talk of Fekir soon fell away.

Now Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo believe the Betis hierarchy are fearful Newcastle will make another approach for their star man.

Of course, the club now have the financial muscle to lure Fekir from LaLiga.

The £305m takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has the Geordies installed as the world’s wealthiest club.

The Magpies are believed to be looking at replacing Steve Bruce. While they also want a director of football, not to mention an influx of new players.

Fekir, is just one of a number of players linked with the club. However, according to Foot Mercato a prospective deal is further down the line. Apparently the club have opened talks with the representatives of Lyon-born Fekir.

Foot Mercato editor-in-chief Sebastien Denis insists the interest is “real” from Tyneside.

Fekir though was quizzed by Betis’ media team about the Newcastle talk, ahead of the Todo al Verde programme: “I don’t think about the offers. I am very happy here. I am learning every day and I hope it can continue like this.

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Fekir ready for Betis contract talks

“The fans love me, it gives me a lot of joy and I want to give it back to them on the pitch,” the 28-year-old explained.

“You never know in football, but the truth is that now I don’t think about offers. I’m at Betis and I’m very happy here.”

Fekir, who saw a move to Liverpool collapse at the 11th hour in the summer of 2018, says he is set for preliminary talks over a contract extension with Betis.

 “It is normal that we start talking about a extension because I only have one and a half years of contract left. We will discuss and we will see,” he added.

The player, who has two goals and two assists this season, is under contract until June 2023.

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