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Varane delighted to be reunited with ‘warrior’ Casemiro at Old Trafford

Raphael Varane believes “warrior” Casemiro will bring important qualities to Erik ten Hag’s side after the Brazilian followed him in leaving Real Madrid for the challenge of restoring Manchester United to glory.

For the first time in many a year the Old Trafford giants will be able to call upon an elite defensive midfielder after completing the eye-catching signing of the five-time Champions League winner.

Casemiro joins United for an initial £60m fee that could rise by a further £10m in success-related add-ons, with the 30-year-old signing a four-year deal with the option of a further season.

The Brazil international was paraded on the pitch before Monday’s 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool and Varane cannot wait to play alongside his former Madrid team-mate again.

“Very excited – I know perfectly his quality,” the United defender told PA. “He can bring this balance on the team and his mentality.

“He’s a warrior, so I think he will really enjoy the English football. I know him. I think it was a perfect night for him to meet Old Trafford because the atmosphere was absolutely amazing, and he brings a victory so it’s nice.”

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