Casemiro ‘only needed to know where he would live, train and play to be convinced to join Man United’… with the Brazilian midfielder’s straightforward approach to his £60m move leaving the Red Devils certain they’d signed ‘a leader’
- Casemiro joined Manchester United from Real Madrid for £60m in the summer
- Before joining, he only wanted to know where he would live, train and play
- His straightforward approach convinced United they’d signed ‘a leader’
- The Brazilian looks to have fitted in seamlessly in his first few months at United
Casemiro only needed the answers to three questions before he decided to join Manchester United in the summer, according to reports.
The Brazilian midfielder’s £60m move to Old Trafford in August was met with scepticism by some fans as they wondered whether the transfer was purely motivated by money.
The switch certainly raised a few eyebrows given that it came just three months after Casemiro had won his fifth Champions League with Real Madrid. Leaving the European champions to move to a club that would be playing in the Europa League seemed like a strange choice to some onlookers.
Casemiro moved to Manchester United from Real Madrid for £60m in the summer
The hard-tackling midfielder did not need much convincing to join United
Yet Casemiro did not need much convincing, and was only interested in knowing where he would live, train and play, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The 30-year-old was clearly happy with the answers he received as he signed on the dotted line, and his no-nonsense approach to the deal made United believe they had signed ‘a leader’ in the dressing room.
Casemiro is yet to wear the armband at Old Trafford, with Harry Maguire the club captain, while Bruno Fernandes has taken over duties for much of this season when Maguire hasn’t been picked.
Cristiano Ronaldo was even handed the responsibility for United’s trip to Aston Villa earlier this month, prior to his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan that led to his contract being terminated by mutual consent.
In that interview, Ronaldo complained about the lack of progress at the club since he first left in 2009, explaining how the facilities had not been improved, leaving United trailing behind their rivals.
Casemiro does not appear to have been concerned by the facilities at Old Trafford, unlike former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo
But Casemiro does not appear to have been bothered by any of this, and has let his football do the talking since he arrived at United.
After initially being eased into the team from the bench by Erik Ten Hag, Casemiro has become an ever-present in the Red Devils’ starting line-up.
He has started United’s last seven top-flight fixtures since their 6-3 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City, and the team have lost just one of those games.
The holding midfielder has also shown there is more to his game than simply breaking up play as he scored a last-minute equaliser against Chelsea in October.
He is also a vital part of Brazil’s setup, and netted a fine strike in their win against Switzerland on Monday which sealed the South American nation’s passage through to the last-16 of the tournament.
Casemiro was rested for Brazil’s shock defeat against Cameroon on Friday, but looks almost certain to return when they face South Korea for a place in the quarter-finals.
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