Casemiro: ‘I want to win the league’ at Manchester United

Casemiro has outlined his ambition to win the Premier League at Manchester United following his move to Old Trafford.

The Brazilian midfielder was introduced on the pitch ahead of United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday evening as the club’s fans were given a first glimpse of the marquee arrival from Real Madrid.


The 30-year-old arrives after a decorated career at Real Madrid, in which he won five Champions League winners’ medals and three league title. Speaking at a farewell press conference on Monday before travelling to Manchester, the midfielder outlined his intention to continue winning major trophies at Old Trafford.

“It’s a club with great history, I will have to work hard to make a name for myself because there, I have won nothing yet. At Manchester United, first of all, what I want is to transmit the way I feel about the club, my respect.

“Everything I did here [at Real] I want to do there, too.

“I want to show my fighting spirit, capacity 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 I’m really fit, mentally I feel great, and I want to continue to enjoy. It’s a great moment to take this decision.”

Casemiro’s deal will make him one of the highest-paid players at United, but the new arrival has dismissed suggestions he has moved for money and insists now is the right time to take on a new challenge.

“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 had the feeling that 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 with the club as soon as the Champions League finished. People: don’t forget the club I’m going to [is] the biggest team in the world and that can compete with the greatness of Real Madrid, although now it doesn’t.”

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