Christian Eriksen has finally been unveiled as a Manchester United player following his transfer to Old Trafford.
United announced a deal to sign the former Tottenham and Brentford star well over a week ago on July 15, but the wait to see the Dane in Red Devils kit is now over.
Eriksen arrived at the club’s Carrington training ground for the first time on Tuesday morning, along with fellow summer signing Lisandro Martinez.
It appears the 30-year-old had a busy first day, as tried on his new kit, posed for photographs and sat for an interview, as he was formally announced as a Man United player later the same day.
Martinez is yet to be spotted in United kit, after the club announced an agreement to sign the Argentine defender from Ajax on July 17.
But, after being pictured in the passenger seat of Eriksen’s car, it appears only a matter of time before his move is also made official.
Eriksen has signed a three-year contract with the Red Devils after his short-term deal with Brentford expired.
The Bees were one of the only clubs willing to take a chance on the Dane after his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, with Inter Milan being forced to let him go due to Serie A rules.
But he proved his fitness and that he can still play at the top level during an hugely impressive six-month spell in west London, earning a big transfer to Old Trafford.
Brentford made an offer to keep him, while there was additional interest of Tottenham, where Eriksen shone in seven years.
But the player has revealed the role new manager Erik ten Hag – with the pair sharing an Ajax connection – played in his decision to choose United.
Asked about why he picked the Red Devils, Eriksen said: “First of all, the football.
“I mean, I’m a guy who wants to play football and I think, with the idea of the manager coming in and the ideas he had, and also with my conversations with him, I mean I could see myself playing football in Manchester.
“And, at the same time, it’s a very, very big club – if not the biggest. If you pronounce it anywhere, they know where it’s from, they know where the locals come from.
“It has a big history and it’s a nice feeling to be part of something that is that big in history.”
Asked how big Ten Hag’s influence was, the Dane answered: “Very. I want to come here to play football, I don’t come here just for the logo itself, I want to come here and play.
“Obviously, to speak with the manager and hear his ideas and have conversations with him on the football terms, was great and ideal for me to get the decision and the possibility of coming to Manchester United.
“I think my style of play hopefully fits in with his ideas and, hopefully, it’s something that will connect in a good and positive way.
“So, of course, his style of football, I think it suits me.”
Eriksen could make his first Man United appearance at the weekend, as Ten Hag’s team play two games in two days.
United will continue their pre-season preparations in a friendly against Atletico Madrid in Oslo on Saturday, before then flying home to face Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford on Sunday.