It’s been a week since Feyenoord confirmed they had agreed a deal with Manchester United for the sale of Tyrell Malacia.
Lyon were keen to sign the left-back, but he turned down the chance to join the Ligue 1 side in order to make a switch to Old Trafford in the summer window.
The 22-year-old has been pictured in Manchester and reports have indicated he’s completed his medical examinations, prior to sealing a switch to United.
Although Manchester United are yet to make the Netherlands international’s move official, Malacia has publicly talked about his impending move to the Premier League side during an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
When asked how he has looked at United, he said: “As one of the biggest clubs in the world with a fantastic stadium and a wonderful history and of course with many top players who have played there.
“I always followed Manchester United because Robin van Persie played there. That’s why I got an extra feeling with that.”
Malacia, who is proud to join Erik ten Hag’s side, has already held talks with Van Persie and United’s current player, Tahith Chong, about the life in Manchester.
“I’ve talked to him [Van Persie] about the club and the city. About residential areas. I also heard a lot through my childhood friend Tahith Chong, with whom I played at Feyenoord,” he added.
“Yes, proud but also very grateful that I get this opportunity. This is not for everyone and I understand that the work at an even higher level is only just beginning. Getting better every day and showing that you can measure up at this level.”
“I have worked hard all my career and this is a reward for that, for me and for all the people who have always supported me and believed in me. My parents, my family and close friends, my many years of guidance and mentor Tony Pengel. That’s why I think it’s great that I can share this with them.”
Malacia also admitted the conversation he has had with the former Ajax manager was vital in his decision to join United.
“Yes, of course! Mr Ten Hag is a very good trainer and also a warm person, so I had a good conversation with him and I have a very good feeling about him,” the Dutchman explained.
“That is important, because if all goes well, we will work together for years. I’m looking forward to that because I think I can learn a lot from him, he makes players who want to work hard better.”