‘I want to win the league’: Casemiro aims for success at Manchester United | Manchester United

Casemiro has said that joining Manchester United has made him “like an 18-year-old boy who is super excited about his new project”, and that he hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will stay with the club.

United have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign the 30-year-old Brazilian international on condition that he receives a medical examination and a visa. Casemiro’s enthusiasm for the move has led him to express his regret that the transfer will not be officially in time for him to face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday night.

“I spoke to my wife and she said I look like an 18-year-old boy who is super excited about his new project and I feel so excited to play in the Premier League,” Casemiro said in an emotional farewell ceremony.

“If I could, I would play for United against Liverpool today.

It’s a club with a great history, I’ll have to work hard to make a name for myself because I haven’t won anything there yet. At Manchester United, I first want to convey my respect for the club.

“Everything I’ve Done Here” [at Real] I want to go there too.

I want to show my fighting spirit, hard work and professional attitude. I want to win the competition. I am going through one of the best moments of my career. I feel really fit, mentally I feel great and I want to keep enjoying it. It is a good time to make this decision.”

Casemiro is expected to earn around £350,000 a week at United. “Those who think I’m leaving for money is because they don’t know me. At the end of the Champions League final [when Real beat Liverpool in May] I felt like my cycle was over. After the holidays, with a clear head, the feeling was the same.

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“It didn’t go so fast [a decision]. I already spoke to the club as soon as the Champions League was over. People: don’t forget which club I’m going to [is] the greatest team in the world and that can compete with the greatness of Real Madrid, although it does not now.”

The midfielder took four of his five Champions League medals when Ronaldo also played for Real. The Portuguese wants to leave United, but Casemiro said: “I haven’t spoken to Cristiano, I hope he stays because he is one of the best players of all time.”

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