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Man Utd loanee Hannibal unavailable for Sevilla as statement released | Football | Sport

La Liga club Sevilla have released a brutal statement after confirming that they had made Manchester United loanee Hannibal Mejbri unavailable for selection. He was left out of their Copa del Rey defeat to Atletico Madrid and will be remained sidelined after failing to impress since joining in January.

Hannibal turned down the chance to remain in the Premier League after United sanctioned a loan, with Everton rejected in favour of a move to Spain with Sevilla.

The 21-year-old made his debut in the 5-1 defeat by Girona and has not been involved since that loss to the league leaders. The club issued a statement to confirm that the Tunisian star would not be named in the squad to face Osasuna on Sunday and would remain out of action for the foreseeable future.

“After being with him, talking to him and having seen his first minutes in Girona, we are going to give him the necessary space to understand where he is, that he is at Sevilla and what it means,” Sevilla boss Quique Sanchez Flores said.

“He has to know where he is and we want to see him. We have spoken with him and we believe that he has to have some time to learn, we wanted to give him space, time for him to see things from the outside and then he will return to the squad.

“In the end they are kids who have come and suddenly land in a huge club like Sevilla in circumstances of maximum demand. And they need a bit of location. And that location may be seen better from the outside than from the inside. You should take a step to understand what we want. Let’s see if the boy applies himself and I think that in the end he will understand perfectly what we want.”

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