Casemiro ‘fast to go’ after fulfilling Premier League dream with Man Utd move

Casemiro ‘fast to go’ after fulfilling Premier League dream with Man Utd move

Casemiro ‘fast to go’ after fulfilling Premier League dream with Man Utd move

Casemiro declared he “rarely leaves” after completing his £60m (€70m) move to Manchester United, while describing the Premier League as “a dream to play in”.

The Brazilian enforcer became United’s fourth major signing of the transfer window on Monday, following Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez to Old Trafford after ending a nine-year spell with Real Madrid.

The five-time Champions League winner was in the stands to watch United pick up their first win of the season against Liverpool as Erik ten Hag’s side handed the Reds their first league defeat of 2022.

Casemiro could barely contain his excitement as he spoke to the club’s media channels for the first time since his arrival.

“I felt great affection from the moment I arrived and I think it’s a new challenge. I’m very happy,” Casemiro said. “I feel like I’m 20 or 18 years old! I can’t wait to go.

“I feel it’s a big challenge and a new challenge for me, so I want to work hard to make it happen.

“I played in a competition here when I was 15 in Sao Paulo. You come back here to play for Manchester United and not in your wildest dreams would you imagine you’d be playing here. I’m the happiest man alive, and I can’t wait to get on the field and help my teammates.

“The Premier League is a dream to play in. It’s a fantastic league. The respect that the fans have for the players, the players have for the fans, the passion of the clubs … when you go from the airport to the city, you feel that the city has football in the air .

Casemiro has won the most tackles in LaLiga since 2015-16

Casemiro has won the most tackles in LaLiga since 2015-16

“More than a city, I feel it’s a footballing nation. I think English football is very physical and no doubt it’s very tough, but what I like most about the players, the referees, the fans in this country is that they are fair. Everyone is fair.

“Every game is very tough. All the teams are equal, the top team can lose to the bottom and that’s the way the league is. It’s beautiful that it’s so competitive.”

Casemiro will find several familiar faces in United’s squad, chief among them Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, who both lined up alongside the Brazilian in one of the most successful teams in Madrid’s history.

The 30-year-old revealed he leaned on Varane for advice before taking the plunge, as he hailed Ronaldo as one of the all-time greats.

“They are two players that I have had the pleasure of playing alongside,” he added. “We could spend all day talking about Cristiano, he is one of the best players in the history of football.

“With Varane, and all his time at Real Madrid, I think we spent seven years together. So it’s an honor to play again with these players, but not only these guys, I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates. , to to help them and they help me.

“I’ve spoken to Rapha, he tells me he’s happy, his family are very happy in Manchester and I feel Manchester United have a great centre-back in him.

“As we know, Cristiano is up there as one of the best players in the history of football and I think he will continue to achieve things.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Meanwhile, Casemiro will also link up with Brazilian international Fred in the Premier League and he has no doubts about his Selecao team-mate’s ability.

“Well, before I came here I spoke to Fred, he’s a friend who I’ve played with in the national team for quite a few games and years,” he said.

“He’s a big player and that’s why he plays for Manchester United and for the Brazilian national team, which is difficult to get into. So I have a special relationship with him.

“Of course he is a great player. Fred has many qualities. I think he is a player who has good movements, he is very mobile, passes the ball well, has a good shot. He is a very important player in this club and I think he’ll help me a lot since he’s Brazilian. Without a doubt, it’s important for me.”

After not being registered in time to feature in the win over Liverpool, Casemiro could make his United debut when they visit Southampton on Saturday.

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