Lee Grant described what it was like at the Manchester United training ground when the players found out Cristiano Ronaldo would be re-signing for the club.
The Red Devils have announced a surprise move to bring the club legend back to Juventus for an initial € 15million, with a further € 8million in potential additions.
United made the official confirmation on Tuesday morning with the costs of nearly £ 20million spread over five years.
Ronaldo will become the Premier League’s highest paid player at £ 480,000 a week.
The news will give United’s dressing room a huge boost and substitute goalkeeper Grant has revealed exactly what the mood is like in the camp.
“As usual with these things, the players are the last to know,” he told talkSPORT Breakfast. “We knew there was something in sight early in the morning and throughout the day, but of course these things are never simple.
“The news was strange because when we got to the training ground there was a lot of talk about the possibility of him going to the other side of town.
“We have a huge photo of Cristiano in our gym and a few of the players were laughing a little and joking about what could happen to this mural if he dared to venture into the blue half of town.
“It was an interesting conversation and then to see how quickly things evolved over the day.
“It was incredible news.
“The excitement is palpable (in the locker room) not just among the young players. What struck me and made me realize that this is huge is actually the reaction of our older players.
“If Lee Grant is excited, who is one of our backup goaltenders, and thinking about the impact this is going to have on me and my training and the level I need to bring, imagine what that will do for our most senior players.
“I was at nursery to pick up one of my kids and one of the guys – one of our most senior players – and to see the expression on his face and his excitement, bordering on vertigo from the fact that we were able to bring Cristiano was a real eye-opener for me.
Grant also thinks it’s a brilliant move from the club to bring a player who has won the Ballon d’Or five times back to where it all began.
He added: “It’s a very smart decision on the part of the football club and the manager. We have a lot of really talented young players in this football club. We’re talking about the impact Edinson (Cavani) had when he arrived at the football club and the impact he still has today.
“Ronaldo will bring the same level of professionalism and example that is vital for our young players, who are still making their way into the game.
“We have young players, but they are the best young players, so to learn from the pinnacle, the supreme predator of Cristiano Ronaldo, there will be no better.”
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