Former Manchester United star Robin van Persie has congratulated Tyrell Malacia on his move to Old Trafford and says the club have landed a hard-working, humble and talented player.
The Red Devils announced the £13million signing of the 22-year-old on Tuesday, with Malacia becoming the club’s first signing of the summer – and the first of the Erik ten Hag era.
Van Persie saw plenty of the left-back over the past couple of years, having been coaching at Feyenoord, and is convinced United have made an excellent signing.
‘Hey Tyrell, it’s Robin here,’ he said in a video posted on Twitter. ‘I would like to congratulate you on your fantastic move to Manchester United and this big moment in your career.
‘You’ve shown that with self-belief, lots of talent and hard work day-in-day-out – and I’ve seen that close by – that dreams come true.
‘So to all Red Devils fans, you’re not only getting a very talented full-back but as well a fantastic person.
‘So be nice to him, support him in good times and bad times, he will give absolutely everything for you guys. I’m sure it will be a great connection together.
‘On behalf of all Feyenoord fans and people, thanks Tyrell for what you’ve done, for all these years from a young kid when you arrived in the youth academy up until now, up until this fantastic moment.
‘You are a true example for the next generation, so thank you very much for all your efforts and all you’ve done for our club and I wish you all the very best. Good luck man.’
Although Malacia did not speak to Van Persie when weighing up a move to Old Trafford, the former striker turned coach had already left a big impression on the defender about what life is like at United.
Asked if he spoke to either Van Persie or Tahith Chong, Malacia told the club’s website: ‘No, I didn’t speak to anyone about this decision. I spoke in the past with Robin and I played with him and spoke with him about his experience in Manchester.
‘I always had contact with Tahith after he moved to England, so yeah, it was always a good feeling here.’
Probed on whether Van Persie had said good things about United, Malacia added: ‘Yeah, everything was good. He says they’re the biggest club and the feeling was good, and he loved it here.’
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