Casemiro said that joining Manchester United made him “like an 18-year-old kid who is very excited about his new project”, and that he is hopeful. Cristiano Ronaldo remains at the club.
United reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign the 30-year-old Brazilian international subject to a medical and visa being granted. Casemiro’s enthusiasm for the move has led him to express regret that the transfer will not be official in time for him to face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday evening.
“I spoke to my wife and she said I look like an 18-year-old kid who is very excited about his new project and I feel so excited about playing in the Premier League,” Casemiro said during an emotional farewell ceremony.
“If I could, I would play today for United against Liverpool.
It is a club with a great history, I will have to work hard to make a name for myself because there, I have not won anything yet. At Manchester Unitedfirst of all, what I want is to convey the way I feel about the club, my respect.
“I did everything here [at Real] I also want to do there.
I want to show my fighting spirit, ability to work hard and professional attitude. I want to win the league. I am going through one of the best moments of my career. I feel like I’m really fit, mentally I feel great, and I want to keep enjoying. It’s a great 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, it’s 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.
“It wasn’t that fast [a decision]. I already spoke to the club as soon as the Champions League ended. People: don’t forget the club I’m going to [is] the biggest team in the world and that can compete with the size of Real Madrid, although now it does not.”
The midfielder claimed four of his five Champions League medals when Ronaldo also played for Real. The Portuguese wants to leave United, but Casemiro said: “I have not spoken to Cristiano, I hope he stays because he is one of the best players of all time.”