Real Madrid stars, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, have paid tributes to Casemiro after the Brazilian midfielder joined Manchester United.
Man United had on Friday announced the signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid.
Casemiro played alongside Modric and Kroos at Real Madrid, forming a strong midfield triangle.
However, in a farewell letter carried by MARCA, Modric and Kroos said goodbye to their friend after seven seasons together at Santiago Bernabeu.
Modric’s farewell letter to Casemiro read, ”Dear Case, I still remember your debut with our club…. How nervous you were! I asked you to be calm and now I think about it and look how it turned out. What you have achieved! It was also my first season and neither of us could have imagined what soccer had in store for us.
”You have become a real leader. You have been one for your teammates and for madridismo. We will always remember you.
”We have won a lot together, but I’ll keep the moments that nobody sees. With the day-to-day work in Valdebebas. And above all with the jokes, because you were always in a good mood, even in moments of tension or when there were mistakes.
”Those laughs with you gave me peace of mind. Just like looking back and seeing you, knowing that there’s going to be a lot of “Njega-Njega”. You’ve been the best bodyguard in the world.
”I’m going to miss you, but I wish you the best. It’s what a professional and a person like you deserve.
”Thanks for everything and best of luck, my friend!
On his part, Kroos said: “With you, my dear Case, it was impossible not to break a sweat… in any situation. Because you wouldn’t let us relax even in the Turkish bath. Meeting there was another torment: you told someone to go and you almost had exercise bikes and weights ready. A warning for your new colleagues to know. Because with you even the Turkish bath was a gym… and you only allow people to lie down when it’s time to do sit-ups.
”I’m going to miss you. As an exemplary professional. As a top player. As a fighter who saved me from several… But, above all, as a good person.
”We have made history, damn it! What a legendary period…
”Now our sporting paths are parting, but our friendship remains. I can assure you of that.
”I wish you all the best, see you soon.
”Good luck to you.