Man United Signs Casemiro Amid Lingering Possible Cristiano Ronaldo Exit

Man United Signs Casemiro Amid Lingering Possible Cristiano Ronaldo Exit

At Manchester United, Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo will be reconnected after spending time as teammates and close friends while playing for Real Madrid.

Fabrizio Romano confirmed on Twitter that “all documents are signed” and that the Spanish club have confirmed the deal is “done and completed”.  

Ronaldo, who made a high-profile comeback to Manchester United last year from Juventus after a 12-year absence, is still adamant that he will leave the club this summer after just one season.

For the past two months, he has been attempting to push open a door.

The 37-year-old entered the game against Brighton in the second half of the Premier League opener because he wasn’t deemed fit enough to start.

For Saturday night’s devastating four-goal loss against Brentford, he was reinstated to the starting lineup.

Ronaldo refused Steve McClaren’s plea to thank the visiting Manchester United supporters after the game, illustrating the disillusionment roiling the club.

However, Ronaldo will now have a close buddy at United thanks to the recent signing of Casemiro, whose arrival was announced on Friday night.

The Brazilian international was signed by United for an initial sum of £60 million and an additional £10 million in conceivable add-ons.

After their approaches for Adrien Rabiot and Frenkie de Jong fell through, United turned their attention to securing a deal for the Madrid star.

Between 2013 and 2018, Casemiro and Ronaldo were teammates at Real Madrid, with the exception of the midfielder’s loan season at FC Porto in 2014–15.

The Brazilian frequently praised Ronaldo as a teammate and referred to him as one of the greatest football players in history.

When Luka Modric, a Madrid midfielder with whom Casemiro shared the field, took home the Ballon d’Or trophy in 2018, the Brazilian said that Ronaldo might have been a deserving recipient of the award.

In that same year, Casemiro told the Spanish media source AS: “I think Luka has had a wonderful year.” Cristiano deserves it, though, for everything he accomplished last year.

Following Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick goal against Juventus in the Champions League in 2018, the midfielder praised him as well.

“We’re always talking about him, and I’ve got something I want to say, which is: keep enjoying the best in the world and how he plays the game, because what he does is fantastic,” stated Casemiro at the time.

“He is the finest in the world because of the incredible goal he scored.

We must continue to appreciate his football, his ambitions, his labor of love and leadership in the locker room. It would be better if he stayed with us longer.”

Ronaldo will now be reunited with Casemiro, but it is unclear if the two will ever play together at the club due to the Portuguese star’s uncertain future.

Casemiro will also be reunited with Raphael Varane at Old Trafford.

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