Edinson Cavani has revealed that Ander Herrera played a key role in his decision to join Manchester United.
The 33-year-old Uruguay striker had been linked with Atletico Madrid and Leeds before making a deadline day move to Old Trafford following his departure from PSG.
Cavani had been a teammate of ex-United midfielder Herrera in the French capital and he says the Spaniard spoke in glowing terms abut The Red Devils.
“It was genuinely getting to the last minute and I called Ander to have a chat," Cavani told his new club's official website.
“I have a lot of admiration for Ander, for the kind of person he is and I had the feeling that his words were going to help me out, by telling me a bit about what it was like at United.
“And so, yes, it’s true that after I’d finished talking with Ander, we came to an agreement here with the club.
“I hadn’t known Ander for too long, but we formed and enjoyed a close friendship during that time at PSG, and today we are still very good mates.
“When you get the chance to pull on the number seven shirt at Manchester United, which has been worn by some top, top players who have been legends here in this country and at this club, it really is a nice responsibility to have,” he said.
“I enjoy challenges and I hope that I can do it great justice and leave it in as high regard as the many great players who have worn this shirt before me.
“It’s a fantastic challenge and I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by those players.
“I was very attracted by the chance to play in English football, and what’s more, for Manchester United because I feel that I still have a big desire to compete, to work hard and to give the best of myself.
“Let’s hope that I can be up to the task and can represent this club, and along with everyone, help take it to the top.”