Casemiro‘s move to Old Trafford was confirmed on Friday night as United paid an initial fee of £60m plus a potential add-on fee of £10m. United have agreed on a move for the Madrid star and their primary target is that the midfielder has signed a four-year deal at Old Trafford, including an option for a fifth season.
Madrid held a special farewell press conference for Casemiro on Monday before his move to the Premier League, which was attended by his friends and family. Casemiro broke down in tears as he bid farewell to Los Blancos, where he won four Champions League medals, on Monday morning before heading to Manchester to complete his transfer.
“As you know, I don’t like to be the center of attention,” Casemiro said. “I am sure you’ll understand that I am speaking from the heart today. When I arrived here, I didn’t know anyone in a new country. But we built a life here. The titles I have won have been achieved with the help of my family, the club, the president, Jose Angel Sanchez, Ramon Martinez, the coaches, and my teammates.”
Casemiro continued, “Of all my teammates, I cannot fail to highlight Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. I enjoy my football very much with them. And thank you to the fans, for those special nights. I’m sure everything I’ve learned here will help me continue my career at another great club, Manchester United. Thanks again. Hala Madrid!”
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told the players and crowd: “Casemiro is one of our most special and important players in the last decade and I will never forget your performance against Borussia Dortmund. Today you have become one of our most important players and it is a special day for Real Madrid.”
The 30-year-old has won a total of 18 titles in Real Madrid, including five Champions League titles, three La Liga titles, three Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, three Uefa Super Cups, one Copa del Rey and three Spanish Super Cup.
During his time in the Spanish capital, he often played alongside Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in midfield.