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Casemiro gives Cristiano Ronaldo transfer verdict

Casemiro, Cristiano Ronaldo
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According to various reports, CR7 still hopes to leave Man Utd before the transfer window closes next week.

Casemiro is hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Manchester United for this season.

Time is running out for Ronaldo. The forward reportedly still wants to leave United for a Champions League club, but he has less than a week to do so. The summer transfer window closes next Thursday.

But Casemiro, who joined United this week in a €70 million transfer from Real Madrid, is eager for his former Blancos teammate to stay put as he is a ‘leader’ and will score ‘a lot of goals’.

“We are talking about one of the best players of all time,” Casemiro told ESPN Brasil. “He knows that I respect him a lot. I hope he stays with us because he is a great player. He gives you a lot of goals, he is a winner, he is a leader. He is so important for us.

“We approached each other because of the language, too. Since my first day here, he has helped me with everything. He is helping me a lot. I really hope he stays with us.”

Casemiro targets more silverware

Like Ronaldo, Casemiro has won five Champions League titles after helping Real Madrid win the competition last season. He will also compete in the Europa League for the first time in his career this term.

However, while United haven’t won silverware since 2017, the Brazilian remains as ambitious as ever.

“Well, I have five [Champions Leagues], right? But, it’s not because I have five that I don’t want to win with Manchester,” Casemiro added.

“The Champions League is the most important championship and everyone wants to win it. But, as I said, the club was very nice to me from the first day, the coach as well, they left me very comfortable.

“These things are important. And sure, if we will not be at the Champions League or win the Premier [League], I will be sad, very nervous. But we know it happens with a lot of work and dedication.”

Casemiro could make his debut for United in Saturday’s Premier League trip to Southampton.