Manchester United have completed the signing of Portuguese defender, Diogo Dalot from FC Porto in a 5-year-deal.
The 19-year-old, who was understood to have a €20m (£17.4m) release clause in his contract at the Estadio Dragao, underwent a medical with Manchester United on Tuesday.
Here are excerpts from his first interview as published by ManUtd.com;
Diogo, welcome to Manchester United. How does it feel to sign for the club?
I’m very excited for the [size and] dimension of this club and I hope to achieve great things here.
What do you already know about Manchester United and what are your expectations of this club?
I know that this is one of the best clubs in the world and it is unbelievable to be here and I hope to achieve great things.
You came through the system at Porto, another big club with great traditions, so what has that taught you?
I grew up at Porto. Porto gave me everything. Who I am today is because of what Porto gave to me and that has been most important.
How proud do you feel to be Jose Mourinho’s first Portuguese signing with United?
Yeah, it’s very good. It was very important to make this choice and I hope to help him, because I know that he will help me to improve a lot.
You’re still a teenager, but does the move show how much faith the manager has in your potential to recruit you at this early age?
Yeah, I think that age is not very important now in football. I think that if you work and you improve, I think you can handle it.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
Like a hard-working player, I think. I’m very instant in improving and I’m mostly a hard-working player, I think.
Can you play at left-back as well as at right-back?
Yeah, I prefer to play at right-back, but if I need to play in any position, I will play, no problem.
How excited are you for the challenge of Premier League football?
I’m very excited. For me, it is one of the biggest leagues in the world and I’m excited to play there.
What are your short-term plans and ambitions and your long-term goals here at United?
Just to help the club achieve good things here and win, because this is a winning team.
Do you have a message for all the Manchester United fans, watching this throughout the world?
Just expect that I will give everything for this club, for this shirt and, hopefully, help the club to win. That’s the most important thing.
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