Casemiro explains decision to join Man Utd despite no Champions League | Football

Casemiro joined Manchester United in a deal that could be worth up to £70m (Picture: Getty)

Casemiro joined Manchester United in a deal that could be worth up to £70m (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United’s new signing Casemiro has explained his decision to join the club despite the fact he will be missing out on Champions League football.

The 30-year-old joined United in a deal that could be worth up to £70m as the Brazilian signed a contract until 2026, with the option of a further year.

The combative midfielder was unveiled at Old Trafford ahead of United’s clash with Liverpool on Monday night, to a warm welcome from Red Devils fans, and even from club legend Roy Keane.

But some have questioned why Casemiro, a five-time Champions League winner, would opt to join a club that failed to qualify for this year’s competition.

‘Ah, I have five, right?’ Casemiro said. ‘But just because I have five doesn’t mean I don’t want Manchester to win!

‘The Champions [League] is the most important championship, everyone wants to win. I want to learn, United have always been very affectionate, from day one, they made me feel comfortable.

‘The coach was very attentive, charismatic from day one. They always showed interest. This is very important. The Champions League, of course, I want to win, if we don’t play, I’ll be sad.

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‘I want to be there, even for the greatness of the club. But that happens with work and dedication. But the club has always shown a lot of affection, as well as Real.

‘The feeling of being in a big club and being able to play in a big league like the Premier League is very good and very important in that aspect.’

Former Liverpool star Glen Johnson feels that Casemiro is only joining United for the money.

‘Regarding the financial package being offered to him, there’s always going to be that element surrounding the move,’ Johnson said. ‘He wouldn’t be going there otherwise to be honest.

‘The thing is, Manchester United have to pay big money because they’re not the most attractive club at the moment, and they haven’t been for a while, so they have to pay these players big amounts to get them to pick them over somebody else.’

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