Casemiro: “I realised my time at Real Madrid was ending after the Champions League final”


After Casemiro’s transfer to Manchester United was made official late last week, the Brazilian officially said goodbye in Valdebebas on Monday. Among all the trophies he won during his Real Madrid career, Casemiro was thanked by President Florentino Perez, after which the midfielder himself gave an emotional speech.

After overcoming the tears, Casemiro said: “As you know, I don’t like to be the center of attention. You will surely understand that today I speak from the heart. When I got here, I didn’t know anyone in a new country. But we’ve built a life here. The titles I have won have been achieved with the help of my family, the club, the president, José Ángel Sánchez, Ramón Martínez, the coaches and my teammates. Out of all my teammates, I cannot name Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos. I enjoyed football with them so much. Thanks also to the fans, for those special evenings. I’m sure everything I’ve learned here will help me continue my career at another great club, Manchester United. Thanks again. Hello Madrid!”

Casemiro on his decision to leave Real Madrid

After his speech, Casemiro then took part in a press conference with the media and elaborated on some aspects of his transfer. This included an explanation of why he decided to leave, and the fact that this was not something that happened in the past week. As the player said: “After the Champions League final I spoke to my agent and we felt like my time here was coming to an end. My agent told me to go on holiday and relax and then we spoke again after a month and I still felt like my cycle was coming to an end here. When the news came out, the transfer went fast, but we had already had these conversations. It was very difficult to talk to the president about this, but I think that honesty is one of my great values. I was always honest in these conversations.”

Casemiro on the finances of the transfer

Casemiro was told there is a theory that he only moves for money, but he rejected that suggestion. He replied, “Those who think so do not know me. I’m not like that. If it was about money, I could have left four or five years ago. The club has always been good with me. It was my decision. It just felt like my cycle had come to an end here. This was clear to me.”

Casemiro on his Real Madrid legacy

Reflecting on all he has achieved at the club, he said: “I am very happy with everything I have achieved here. When I left São Paulo in January 2013, I told myself that I had to give everything for this club, in matches and training. I’ve tried to do that. I’ve always slept well because I know I gave it my all.”

Casemiro about Toni Kroos’ message

During the press conference, he also revealed that Toni Kroos had messaged him about the rumours in the middle of the night. He explained: “Toni texted me at 4am asking if I was really leaving. I think it’s because he wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t sleep. So I told him to at least let me sleep! He and Modrić are both my friends and they are wonderful people. It’s easy to play with them two, because I don’t have as much work when I’m standing next to them in line.”

Casemiro on his time in Castile

The player has always maintained that he feels like a Real Madrid academy graduate because of the time he spent with the B-team and spoke about it during his retirement by saying: “I started at Castilla and that was very important for me because i learned the values ​​of the academy which for me is the most important thing about this club the academy is the future of the club i won many titles but the main honor was to come here every day to train with valdebebas .”

Casemiro on Tchouaméni and Camavinga

The midfielder was asked about Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga and if he thinks they are ready to replace him. He replied: “I think Real Madrid always draw the best players. Don’t forget Fede Valverde too, because I think he is a player for the next 10 or 12 years. Besides, Modrić and Kroos will continue for a while. What the others As for Camavinga, he already showed us last year that he can be a great player for Real Madrid. I’m sure Tchouaméni will have a lot of people to help him. He’s a starter for France, which is impressive. So I think Real Madrid have good players for the future. This club will always win.”

Casemiro in the Premier League

Looking ahead, he spoke of the challenges ahead for Manchester United. He told the assembled media: “The Premier League is a competition that I have always liked and always wanted to play. What I am looking for is a new challenge, a new competition and a new culture. It is true that they not currently playing in the Champions League but I am excited I have not yet spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo but I am looking forward to playing with him again I am so eager to join England’s biggest club As If it were up to me, I would play for them against Liverpool tonight, but I know I haven’t won anything there yet.”

Casemiro at the World Cup

With the World Cup approaching, he was asked if this move will affect his preparation and if he has already spoken to Tite. Then he said: “I have not spoken to him, it is not necessary. Everyone in the Brazilian national team knows me and the player that I am. I will continue to work and think of Manchester United in the first place, although the World Cup is also on the horizon.”

The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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