Tunisia players shift attention to transfers after World Cup exit

Following their early exit from the World Cup, some Tunisia players have already shifted attention on sorting out their club futures

Tunisia lost 2-1 to England in their opening Group G match before succumbing 5-2 to Belgium last Saturday, to bow out of the tournament with one game to spare.

Thursday’s last Group match against Panama would be nothing more than salvaging some pride.

The Panama game is likely to come, not bearing the kind of pressure offered by the England and Belgium matches and some players are already working on transfers.

Star player Wahbi Khazri is eying an English Premier League move after spending last season on loan at French League 1 side Stade Rennes from Sunderland.

English League One outfit Sunderland want to relax their wage bill, placing the 27-year-old on the market.

“It’s not easy for a Tunisian to play in the Premier League, so I feel privileged because of the opportunity I've had,” Khazri was quoted as saying by the Sunderland Echo.

“Now, I am focused only on the World Cup, but I would like to continue playing in English football if I can. We’ll see. I will be open to all ideas and listen to everything.”

Also expected to change clubs is midfielder Ferjani Sassi who scored from the penalty spot in the defeat to England.

Currently on the books of Saudi side Al-Nassr, whom he joined at the beginning of this year, Sassi is already on the move according to his agent.

Formerly with French side Metz, Sassi has attracted much interest from Italian clubs.

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“There has been contact with several Italian clubs…the feedback was positive, but we are only at the beginning,” his agent said in a statement on Italian publication CalcioMercato.

“Thanks to the strong technical qualities of the player and with the help of important sponsors to support, we will continue to deal, but it is not excluded that the player can also find a team elsewhere. Many important clubs in Europe have already contacted”

The 26-year-old defensive linkman has been a regular in the Tunisia squad in recent years.