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Martinez excited for reunion with ‘intense’ Ten Hag at Man Utd

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Martinez excited for reunion with ‘intense’ Ten Hag at Man Utd

Martinez excited for reunion with 'intense' Ten Hag at Man Utd

Lisandro Martinez says the lure of reuniting with Erik ten Hag played a big part in his decision to join Manchester United from Ajax.

The Argentine defender has moved to Old Trafford in a £56.7million deal on a contract until June 2027, with the option of a further year.

Martinez caught the eye in the Eredivisie and Champions League, with Ajax and Arsenal reported holding an interest in landing him.

Still, the opportunity to play under United boss Ten Hag again was difficult to resist.

He told the club’s official website:

“I was with him three years at Ajax, and I know his playing style.

“With him, I improved a lot, to be honest. But, of course, he’s here in Manchester now, so the opportunity was there again, and for sure, he’s critical in my [career].

“[He’s] very intense, for sure. Good football. Winning mentality, you know? That’s the most important [thing].

“Every player needs to have things clear. I think he’s unequivocal also. So I think, with him, you can learn every day and then, in the game, you can also fully understand tactics and everything.

“How did he help me to improve? We can fully understand the situations and the decisions inside the pitch. He’s there in every detail.”

Martinez is looking forward to making his debut, with the Red Devils set to face Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano before kicking off the new Premier League campaign against Brighton and Hove Albion.

“Now I can feel the fire, you know? I want to train right now with the team. We will surely work hard to put the club at the high levels,” the new signing said.

“I will give my 100 per cent every game, in every training [session]. For sure, also the team, we will do it. We will play as a team.”

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