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Casemiro is paraded by Old Trafford for Monday night’s game in Liverpool ahead of a £70million move

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Casemiro was paraded around Old Trafford by Manchester United ahead of Monday night’s clash with Liverpool, for a £70m move to Old Trafford from LaLiga titans Real Madrid.

The Brazilian has signed a four-year contract with United, with an option for a further year, on a deal worth £375,000 a week, and the player was unveiled at Old Trafford before going straight to Roy Keane for the legendary former skipper.

Erik ten Hag’s team confirmed earlier on Friday that they had reached an agreement with Los Blancos for the five-time Champions League winner, and the player said an emotional goodbye to Madridistas during a press conference on Monday.

Manchester United showed their £70 million Real Madrid man Casemiro on Monday

The Brazilian was photographed wearing a United shirt before the match at Old Trafford

The midfielder righted to United legend Roy Keane and the two hugged on the pitch

The midfielder righted to United legend Roy Keane and the two hugged on the pitch

The deal to bring Casemiro to the club was not finalized soon enough for him to play

The deal to bring Casemiro to the club was not finalized soon enough for him to play

Despite struggling to contain his emotions during Monday’s farewell press conference, the Brazilian was optimistic about his future, saying: “I’m excited to be developing at a big club like Manchester United.

‘I’m sure I’ll be back one day. I want to return all the love they gave me.’

And United placed a video welcoming the player to their website, with the player saying: ‘The opportunity to take on a new challenge at Manchester United and in the Premier League is extremely exciting.

“I have worked with many great managers in my career and after meeting Erik and hearing his ideas, I can’t wait to work closely with him, his staff and my new teammates in the coming years.

“I will end a wonderful journey in Madrid and start another in Manchester, determined as ever to win football matches, win trophies and make our fans proud by bringing success to this great club.

Casemiro took an emotional farewell to Real Madrid ahead of his move to Manchester United

Casemiro took an emotional farewell to Real Madrid ahead of his move to Manchester United

Erik ten Hag's side may have completed their biggest transfer coup of the summer

Erik ten Hag’s side may have completed their biggest transfer coup of the summer

“Everyone knows the history of Manchester United, the significance of the club around the world and what it means to its supporters. Representing United is an honor and I am ready to give everything to help the team achieve our ambitions.”

But of course much of the announcement related to his former employers at Real Madrid and his early days at the club, as he said: “When I left Sao Paulo it was clear to me that I would be in the Real Madrid first team. would play. This is where I built my life, my family.

“The biggest title I’ve won is that I come to train with this club every morning. As you know, I don’t like the spotlight or being in the spotlight, I will try to speak from my heart.

The Brazilian star arrives at Madrid after a trophy-laden career - graphic from SofaScore

The Brazilian star arrives at Madrid after a trophy-laden career – graphic from SofaScore

“When I’m talking about teammates, I can’t not talk about: Modric and Kroos. We won a lot and we really enjoyed playing together.’

After spending a summer chasing a LaLiga star midfielder in Frenkie de Jong, United have finally looked to Blaugrana’s nemesis to secure the services of another in the form of Casemiro.

And the Brazilian brings a wealth of experience, know-how – and perhaps more importantly – a winning attitude to the Red Devils’ dressing room.

Together with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, Casemiro helped form one of the best midfielders in Europe

Together with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, Casemiro helped form one of the best midfielders in Europe

After 336 appearances and 31 goals for Los Blancos, the 30-year-old midfielder has won 18 trophies in the Spanish capital, including of course five Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and three LaLiga titles.

United’s high-profile catastrophic start to the 2022-2023 season has rightly put all players under scrutiny, but after seasons of criticism aimed at Scott McTominay and Fred, the purchase of a world-class defensive midfielder could mean a change in fortune at Old Trafford .

In addition to former Real team-mates Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford, the 30-year-old will also team up with his mid-park partner for the national team in Fred, which fans hope he can. the best out.

Fred and Casemiro are Brazil's first choice midfielders and will work together again at United

Fred and Casemiro are Brazil’s first choice midfielders and will work together again at United

Casemiro’s former and future teammate Varane took to social media to welcome the ‘warrior’ midfielder.

Varane wrote: ‘Many battles fought with my warrior Case! Welcome to Manchester, amigo @casemiro’, accompanied by a sword emoji.

It was not thought there would be a problem at Real and manager Carlo Ancelotti was keen to keep his midfield pivot but the club made it clear they would not stand in the way of the player if he felt a move was best before him.

However, the prospect of a long-term contract just six months before his 31st birthday is considered the biggest factor in the Brazilian’s decision to join Ten Hag.

Real have been reluctant to offer long-term deals to aging stars in the past, leading to the departures of legends Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, and even Croatian star Luka Modric is only renewed annually, despite his years of service.

Casemiro played 109 games with Ronaldo and the pair won four Champions Leagues together

Casemiro played 109 games with Ronaldo and the pair won four Champions Leagues together

And the Brazilian has probably already endeared himself to United fans by openly asking the rowdy star Ronaldo – with whom Casemiro won four of his Champions League titles – to stay at Old Trafford.

He added: “I have not spoken to Cristiano, I hope he stays because he is one of the best players of all time,” Casemiro added.

“Everything I did here, I want to do there. I want to win the competition there.

“I am going through one of the best moments of my career. I feel really fit, mentally I feel great, and I feel it’s a great time to make this decision.”

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