🚨📝 Manchester United planning contract talks soon as club on ALERT for player whose deal is close to expiring
Is there a risk he could leave Old Trafford soon?
Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri is on Sevilla’s radar as Fabrizio Romano also says the club are planning to hold talks with him over a new long-term contract soon.
Mejbri has got more first-team minutes for Man Utd this season, so it could be that the 20-year-old would do well to stick around and continue his development at Old Trafford, despite La Liga also seemingly being an option for him.
It remains to be seen if Mejbri will definitely commit his future to the Red Devils, but it seems that the club are not panicking about his current contract being close to expiry, as they have the option to trigger an automatic one-year extension anyway.
“There is no panic over Hannibal Mejbri’s situation. His contract expires at the end of the season but there is the option to extend it until 2025, so there’s no alert,” Romano wrote in today’s Daily Briefing column.
“As I mentioned in September, the club are planning to offer him a new long-term deal to be discussed soon. Sevilla have been monitoring him since July but United are very happy with him.”
Jonathan Johnson’s expert analysis on Hannibal Mejbri
Our French football columnist Jonathan Johnson has known all about Mejbri since his days a youngster at Monaco, and had the following to say in his column during the summer:
“I remember there was a lot of interest in him when he was at Monaco, and Monaco youth academy graduates tend to attract a lot of interest generally, before Kylian Mbappe’s emergence but even more since then. There’s no doubt with Mejbri that there’s a Premier League-quality player in there, but it’s just about unlocking that potential,” he wrote.
“Looking at Mejbri now, he perhaps still needs to mature a little before being ready for Premier League football, and one way for him to do that maybe is to return to Ligue 1 on a loan deal next season and really push himself into contention to play for a Premier League club. His potential is extremely high, that was clear when he was playing in France, so there’s still time for him to unlock that, but having said that, I don’t know if he’s going to be quite at the level for a club like Manchester United.
“Where he goes next will be key for his development, let’s see if he can explode into a real top talent, or if he ends up being more of a solid profile for most Premier League clubs, if not that elite group at the top.”