Abdelhak Nouri’s father Mohammed is delighted that Donny van de Beek will wear the number 34 shirt at Manchester United.

Donny van de Beek’s move to Manchester United was confirmed on Wednesday with the midfielder confirming he will play in the 34 shirt as a tribute to his close friend Abdelhak Nouri.

Speaking to NOS, Nouri’s father Mohammed said, “Donny called me. He asked if I was okay with him playing with number 34. And I said he should. I can only be proud of that. It’s a nice gesture, very special for us.

“When he hears Donny’s name or voice, his eyes widen and he immediately looks up. He was also emotional, you could see that immediately. You can see it in his facial expression. But so do we. We are happy and emotional at the same time. Everything comes up. Donny and Abdelhak are bosom friends. It is real friendship.”

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