El Mellali: “What has been reported in the media about me is far from the truth”

During an interview with the newspaper Le Progrès, the attacking midfielder of AS Saint-Etienne Ryad Boudebouz (31) spoke about the CAN.

Boudebouz recalled the good times spent during the competition in 2013 (he only played one match), and evokes his choice to play for the Fennecs and not for the France team. “To play the CAN in your country? It’s a crazy thing! It is a pride to wear this jersey. Especially the last one (CAN, in 2019) since Algeria won it. It must have been incredible”, confided the attacking midfielder.

“I grew up in a neighborhood when my parents came from Algeria to settle in France. When you hear your parents talk about how proud it would be for them if, one day, I came to play for Algeria … Even if we did everything in France, we have the roots of the country. It remains a part of us. We grew up with France and Algeria. My father and my mother were proud of that (…) That does not mean that, because we are going to play with our country of origin, we deny France. Often people think so. But no. I am proud to be half French, half Algerian. choice to make, you just have to be proud of it and assume it “, concluded the Algerian as reported by Madeinfoot.

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