Hannibal Mejbri has spoken for the first time since his loan move from Manchester United to Sevilla was confirmed on Monday after the club trolled Mason Greenwood online.
After initially having a short spell as part of Erik ten Hag‘s midfield, Mejbri was dropped in the pecking order due to the emergence of Kobbie Mainoo, with the English midfielder having taken the Old Trafford squad by storm in the last two months.
Sevilla also have the option to purchase Mejbri for £17.2 million buy option, with United also negotiating a £30 million buy-back clause, should his Sevilla move become permanent.
“I was watching the game at the hotel and was happy to see the team win and qualify for the next round (of the Copa Del Rey),” Hannibal said in a press conference on Wednesday.
“Now we have to keep progressing and getting wins under our belt. Today was my first training session; everything went well, although I think I brought the rain from Manchester! I’ve met my teammates, and I’m ready to play.”
When asked to describe himself by one journalist, he said: “A midfielder who can defend, attack, score, press… I can do many things and help the team in many ways. We have spoken with the coach, and I have seen and understood what he wants from me on a tactical level, but the important thing is to be united because we have a great group, and things can only improve.”
Hannibal further explained that he was keen to sign with the La Liga outfit, despite multiple offers from elsewhere and their current league position – they currently sit 17th in the table with just three wins.
“Sevilla is a great club,” he said. “Although we are going through a complicated situation right now, we are going to overcome it. I’m confident in the players and the staff and, as I said, I really like the project, Spanish football too and on Sunday I’ll be 21, so I’m coming to learn and gain experience.
“It is true that there were talks with the club in the summer, but it didn’t happen in the end, and I am happy to be here now to help the team.”
Meanwhile, Sevilla have caused a stir on social media after they trolled Manchester United loanee Mason Greenwood following their 3-1 win over Getafe away from home in the Cope del Rey on Tuesday evening.
Greenwood started the fixture and played 90 minutes but failed to get involved as Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal of the tie.
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