Florentino Perez ‘proud of history’ as Casemiro bids farewell to Real Madrid ahead of Manchester United transfer
Before joining Manchester United, Real Madrid is "extremely proud of the legacy" Casemiro has established at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to club president Florentino Perez, who praised the 30-year-old during his goodbye ceremony on Monday.
Casemiro's nine-and-a-half-year stay at Real Madrid comes to an end this week as he prepares to join Manchester United.
Casemiro exits as one of Real Madrid's most decorated players, having been a key member of the team that won three Champions League titles under Zinedine Zidane.
Speaking before of the player's own farewell remarks, Perez paid glowing respect to the departing star, calling him a "legend."
“We’re very proud of the history you have made at this club,” he stated. “Real Madrid is a very demanding club, but you’ve not only been able to cope with it, but also made it better.
“You’ve been a role model for this club, and everybody admires you for the commitment you have given since the day of your arrival. You have given the best for this club and your attitude and talent has taken you very far.
“It’s not easy to close this impressive cycle of your career at Real Madrid. You’ve won 18 trophies; five Champions League titles, three Super Cups, three LaLiga titles.
“For everything that you’ve given this club you have the right to take your own decisions, as far as the future is concerned. You leave after being voted man of the match in the Super Cup final.
“I’m very proud of you, and our fans are too. You are joining a legendary club, Manchester United, to continue to make history. Regardless of where you are going to be in the future, you will always be an example here.
“You have achieved so much. You are leaving the club as a Real Madrid legend. Thank you very much for helping us make history at Real Madrid.”