Newcastle United target Nabil Fekir has commented on the rumours that he could be coming to Tyneside following the club’s takeover.

Estadio Deportivo claimed that Real Betis are worried that the Magpies will sign the playmaker in January.

Newcastle were first linked with the Frenchman in April 2020 by French outlet Foot Mercato.

Fekir was asked about the speculation surrounding his future via Betis’s in-house media, who asked him for a response on the rumours linking him with a move to St James’ Park.

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Fekir initially seemed to rule out a move and reaffirmed his desire to stay at Betis, but he also kept the door well ajar by claiming he never knew what the future held for him.

Fekir said: “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. The fans love me, it gives me a lot of joy and I want to give it back to them on the pitch.


“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 was part of France’s 2018 World Cup winning squad, has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal and Liverpool.

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The 28-year-old, who has a contract with Betis until 2023, has started the season impressively for the La Liga side.

Fekir is currently averaging the most key passes (3.4) per game in La Liga (WhoScored).

He is a playmaker of real quality, and would add some serious firepower to Newcastle’s forward line. He could link-up to devastating effect with compatriot Allan Saint-Maximin.

Newcastle have the financial muscle to bring some of football’s biggest names to St James’ Park, but until the owners bring in a new manager and potentially a sporting director as well, it’s difficult to know which rumoured targets will eventually be pursued.

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