Amidst rumors of an imminent departure, Casemiro has expressed his commitment to Manchester United, emphasising his desire to continue winning titles at Old Trafford.
Joining United from Real Madrid in 2022 for £70million, the Brazilian midfielder played a pivotal role in the team’s success, breaking their six-year trophy drought with a Carabao Cup victory last February. Despite an impressive first season, Casemiro has grappled with injuries in his second year, affecting his form and leading to speculation about his future at the club.
Recent reports suggested that Sir Jim Ratcliffe, United’s new co-owner and head of football operations, was contemplating buying out Casemiro’s contract to remove him from the team’s payroll. These speculations gained traction due to Casemiro’s absence from the field since November 1, although he is expected to return for the FA Cup fourth-round match against Newport County.
Contradicting these rumors, Casemiro shared his positive experiences at United with MBC. “It’s all amazing, since the first day, I was made to feel very welcome by the club, the players and the fans. I received so much love – on and off the pitch. It was a unique and magical experience, and I needed such an experience.”
“I am so happy in Manchester with everything the city and the club offer me. I am happy with that and with helping the club improve and get back to the path of achievements. So yeah, I’m happy to play for Manchester United,” he said.
This statement from Casemiro puts to rest the recent buzz about his potential move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, where his former colleague Cristiano Ronaldo is currently playing. Al-Nassr was reportedly planning a substantial bid for Casemiro, encouraged by Ronaldo’s high praise of his former teammate at Real Madrid and United.
Despite Casemiro’s contentment at United, Ratcliffe’s dissatisfaction with recent recruitment decisions at the club, including Casemiro’s signing, could still influence his future. If Al-Nassr presents a substantial offer, it might challenge Casemiro’s stated happiness at Old Trafford and his current stance on staying with the club.