Manchester United’s first signing ahead of the 2017-18 season, Victor Lindelof, says he’s thrilled to be joining the Premier League club from Portugal’s Benfica.
The Sweden international, whose transfer was announced late on Wednesday, says the opportunity to play under United’s manager Jose Mourinho played a key role in his decision to sign the deal.
The 22-year old, who made 47 appearances as Benfica won a Portuguese domestic double last season, cost in the region of £30.7 million as he penned a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year at the Premier League giants.
“I am thrilled to be joining Manchester United,” Lindelof told the club’s official website.
“I have enjoyed my time at Benfica enormously and I have learned a lot there.
“But I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League at Old Trafford and for Jose Mourinho.
“I’m keen to get started and make my contribution to the team’s efforts to win more trophies.”
“I’ve spoken to Mourinho and it was a good chat.
“Of course he is a great coach and for me to be able to work with him is a great opportunity.”
The Red Devils’ manager Jose Mourinho is keen on having his squad in place before pre-season starts in July, as he’s also pursuing deals for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, Torino frontman Andrea Belotti, Inter’s winger Ivan Perisic and Monaco midfielder Fabinho.
Mourinho said: “Victor is a very talented young player, who has a great future ahead of him at United.
“Our season last year showed us that we need options and quality to add depth to the squad and Victor is the first to join us this summer.”