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Manchester United teenager Hannibal Mejbri explains why he has chosen to represent Tunisia

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 01/06/2021 Richard Fay

Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri says he is 'very proud' to represent the Tunisian national team and believes doing so will be 'like a present' for his parents.

Mejbri, 18, previously represented France at youth level but has now chosen to switch his allegiance to Tunisia and is in contention to make his debut against the Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria or Mali this month.

The Tunisian FA unveiled Mejbri at an extravagant ceremony in recent days, with the nation seemingly viewing the addition of the United starlet as a major coup.

World Cup holders France might have been a more appealing choice for many teenagers but Mejbri claims his decision to represent Tunisia was not purely a sporting one.

“I think that it is the best decision for my family and me," he told RMC Sport. "I am very proud of this decision. Tunisia is my country, the country of my parents so for sure there is a strong complicity.

“I like this country a lot, that is why I made this decision. I speak a little Arabic, but not very well. I lost it since I arrived in England. I am not scared about that.

“The higher the bar, the more you can improve. It can only help me to gain experience. My father and my mother were very happy that I chose Tunisia, certainly.

“It is like a present for them. But it makes me happy too. I think that I made the right choice. We will see in the future if that is the case. I am trying to build something, not purely on the sporting side.”


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