Real Madrid hosted a press conference for Casemiro to say goodbye to his current club after agreeing a move to Manchester United.

Trading the European champions for a club in United’s current position has called some to claim the Brazilian is motivated by money. He claims that one day he wants to return to the Spanish club but that he is ready for the new challenge of the Premier League.

I am excited to develop at a big club like Manchester United. I’m sure one day I’ll come back. I want to give back all the love they gave me.

Those who think I’m leaving for money is because they don’t know me. I think there are few and they don’t know me. It’s not for money. They’re wrong. That’s not the case.

At the end of the Champions League final I had the feeling that my cycle was over. I’m honest. After the holidays, with a clear head, the feeling was the same. It wasn’t that fast. I already spoke with the club as soon as it finished the Champions League.

My wife supported me from the beginning. My family was always by my side in this decision. It was very difficult to talk to the president, but he was always honest with him.

He will be playing alongside former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and is excited to be reunited.

The Premier League is a competition I’ve always liked and always wanted to play in. What I’m looking for is to have a new challenge, a new league and a new culture. It’s true that they’re not in the Champions League right now, but I’m excited. I haven’t spoken with Cristiano Ronaldo yet, but I’m excited to play with him again. I’m so keen to get started, with the biggest club in England.