Manchester United new-boy Hannibal Mejbri has revealed how fellow Franhcman Noam Emeran helped convince him to make the move to Old Trafford.
Monaco wonderkid Mejbri, 16, was chased by a host of clubs with the Red Devils believed to have beaten the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal to his signature last week.
The midfielder has joined in a move worth £4.6m which could rise to £9.3m with further add-ons if he goes on to make an impact in the first team in the future.
Mejbri is following in the footsteps of France Under 16 team-mate Emeran, who joined the club from Amiens back in February.
He has clearly enjoyed his time in Manchester – with Mejbri detailing how he was quick to recommend he follow him to the Premier League giants.
Mejbri told Le Parisien: “Among young people, there is also Noam Emeran. We were together in Clairefontaine.
“I spoke to him on the phone, he said: ‘Here it’s really good, come on!’
“His presence will help me to integrate sooner. Aliou Traore has been there for two years, he will be able to share his experience and advise me.”
Mejbri insists he is not fazed by the move to one of the biggest clubs in world football.
He commented: “It [the move] does not scare me. My parents will always be with me to accompany me.
“On the pitch you just have to talk football. Outside, there is the language, but it can be learned.
“Their language is a bit difficult, but I was doing well in English so it should be fine.
“It will also be necessary to get used to the climate. But we feel that Manchester is a city that eats and breathes football, it’s beautiful.”
Mejbri has also declared his excitement to share the same facilities as French internationals Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial – as well as following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo , David Beckham and Eric Cantona.
He added: “Yes, as we share the same training facilities and the weight room, I will often be able to mix with Pogba and Martial.
“It is an honour. Manchester United has a great history and is also known for its youth training. It will allow me to progress to try to one day play with the greatest.
“I watched a lot of videos from the past. Big names have worn the shirt of Manchester United, it’s an honour to follow them.
“There is of course Pogba. With the elders, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [David] Beckham and [Eric] Cantona.
“When I went to Manchester, I was only told about him [Cantona]. There, he is considered a king whereas in France, he does not have the same aura.”