Issam Merdassi Joins Young Boys

The Tunisian defender will join his compatriot, Seif Ghezal, at the Swiss Axpo League side next season.
Issam Merdassi has signed a three-year contract with Switzerland’s Young Boys of Berne after a two-day trial during which he underwent technical and physical tests.

Some had wondered whether Club Sportif Sfaxien would let him leave but his new side are prepared to pay a fee to 'Arab Juventus' to enact a liberation clause in his contract with.

The player spoke to Mosaique FM and maintained that he was confident of playing in Switzerland next season but that he wanted to leave Tunisia with a clean conscience.

“My team is prepared to pay the liberation fee. Legally I can tell you everything is OK and I’m 100 per cent at Young Boys but I want to go feeling relaxed and hope that the Sfaxien officials will understand,” he explained.

Merdassi, who captained the North African club last season to a Tunisian Cup trophy, also took the opportunity to thank former coach Michel Decastel, who spoke to Young Boys and informed them about his abilities on the pitch.

Furthermore, the 28-year-old expressed excitement at the prospect of playing alongside countryman Seif Ghezal. The two could potentially start next to each other in central defence if Merdassi earns a starting spot on the team.

Rami Ayari, Goal.com