The Red Devils new boy gives his first interview since sealing a £31m move from Benfica
VICTOR LINDELOF has revealed he needed no persuasion from countryman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join Manchester United.
The 22-year-old finally completed his move to Old Trafford on Wednesday after months of speculation.
He flew in for a medical this morning and was given the all-clear before the Red Devils announced his £31million signing from Benfica.
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Speaking for the first time after the move, the centre-half admitted he had not spoken to Swedish legend and United’s top scorer from last season Ibrahimovic.
And he also revealed that he could be following in the footsteps of greats like David Beckham by becoming the side’s new set-piece specialist.
When quizzed about seeking advice from Zlat, he told MUTV: “No, actually I haven’t. I haven’t spoken to him.
“It’s going to be nice to have him around to speak to him a little bit (while he undergoes rehab) about the club and everything around it. It’s going to be good.”
Lindelof has developed a reputation for scoring free-kicks and said: “Yeah, I’m quite good at them.
“If I get an opportunity to take a free-kick, I think I’ll be there.”
Lindelof is equally at home playing right-back as well as his usual centre-half position.
Next season he will be battling it out with Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for a place in Jose Mourinho’s defence.
And after sealing his “dream” move, he is ready for the challenge.
He added: “Of course there are some great players here in my position. I’m here to do my best to try to help the team as much as I can and it’s always good to have other good players around you.
WHO IS VICTOR LINDELOF?
DATE OF BIRTH: July 17, 1994 (Age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Vasteras, Sweden
CLUB: Manchester United
PREVIOUS CLUBS: Vasteras SK, Benfica B, Benfica
INTERNATIONAL: Sweden (12 caps, 1 goal)
Vasteras: Division 1 Norra 2010
Benfica: Primeira Liga 2014, 2016, 2017
Taca de Portugal: 2014, 2017
Taca de Liga: 2016
Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 2016
“When you have that, you get better as well. I think I’m quite a calm player. I like to have the ball at my feet.
“I think I’m quite good with the ball and at reading the game, and I give my players in front of me quite a calmness knowing I’m back there trying to protect them as well as I can.”
He added: “I always had a dream of coming here to play in the Premier League so, for me, it’s a dream come true.
“United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and always want to win titles. That’s also my goal.
“I want to come here and win titles. That’s the goal of the club and all the players as well.”
And he cannot wait for his first-ever experience of the club’s Theatre of Dreams.
“It’s going to be a great feeling. I’ve been watching Old Trafford games on TV but have never been to the stadium, so I think it’s going to be a great feeling walking out there.”
Lindelof will officially join United on July 1 and will get his first taste of action for the club on their pre-season tour of America next month.