Maxi Lopez welcomes Hannibal on loan to Birmingham City
Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri has sealed his loan spell at Birmingham City.
United announced the one-season dealthe first loan change of Hannibal’s career so far.
This move is a valuable opportunity for the midfielder to play first-team football. He has three substitute appearances for Manchester United’s first team so far, but no start.
Even in pre-season, he was limited to appearances on the bench.
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Maxi Lopez welcomes Hannibal
Birmingham City are 21st in the league after six games, with one win, two draws and three losses.
They are in the midst of a big-name takeover involving former Argentina youth international striker Maxi Lopez, who played for Barcelona, River Plate and AC Milan among others before retiring in 2021.
Lopez personally welcomed Hannibal to Birmingham, commenting that he’s “thrilled” the deal has gone through.
He beat another former Barcelona player to the signing of Hannibal. The Team last week, FC Andorra, owned by Gerard Pique, wanted to bring him into the Ligue 2 club.
A deal with Birmingham City was already in talks at this stage, and United are best acclimating Hannibal to English football.
A loan is important for him before the World Cup. He already has 16 international caps for Tunisia and needs to increase his exposure to competitive football at club level.
It follows Tahith Chong and Teden Mengi who both went on loan to Birmingham City last season. Hannibal talked about it in his interview.
He said Birmingham club website: “I’ve heard a lot of good things from my friends who have played here before, so I’m ready to come and play for this club.”