Mourinho: Why I Signed £52m Brazilian
Jose Mourinho: Why I Signed £52m Brazilian
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho splashed out a whopping £52 million to land Brazilian midfielder Fred, and the Portuguese has now explained what he expects Selecao star to bring to his side.
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Fred joined the Red Devils from Shakhtar Donetsk, becoming the club's second signing of the window after Diogo Dalot, whose transfer was completed before United confirmed the deal for the Brazilian.
The midfielder is only the seventh Brazilian to have joined the Old Trafford club, and Mourinho hopes he can have a big impact on his team.
"Fred will complement our other midfielders' qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game," he told ManUtd.com.
"I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players know how important he can be in our team."
Mourinho recently expressed his love for Brazilian players, saying every European team should have a samba star.
"I think a team without a Brazilian isn't a team," he told ESPN Brasil in a recent interview.
"I think their talent is fantastic and the creativity of the Brazilian player cannot be measured.
"If a European team, like very much European, could have a Brazilian in their squad, it would bring a Brazilian 'thing' to the game and I think that's very important."
Fred, who plays as a central midfielder, made 37 appearances for Shakhtar last season, scoring four goals and assisting another seven strikes. He is part of Brazil's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but missed the opening game after picking up a minor injury.
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