Casemiro completes $60M move to Man United from Real Madrid

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Manchester United completed the signing of Casemiro for a reported $60 million on Monday, hours after the Brazil international made an emotional move from Real Madrid after nine years at the Spanish club.

30-year-old Casemiro has signed a contract until 2026 with an option for another year.

He was presented to United fans on the pitch at Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League game against Liverpool.

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

United are looking to sign a defensive midfielder this transfer window and have been linked with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

Casemiro is older than De Jong but has the experience of winning five Champions Leagues and playing 63 times for Brazil.

“Casemiro is a series winner, one of the best midfielders in world football; his exceptional record speaks for itself,” said John Murtough, director of football at United.

“He completes the skills of the team and will be a great addition to the dressing room with his experience, knowledge and personality.”

Earlier on Monday, Casemiro appeared close to tears as he held a press conference in Madrid, saying it was the “hardest decision of my life” to leave the team he joined. in 2013 from Sao Paulo.

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