Victor Lindelof has insisted that he is not bothered by his £31m transfer fee after arriving at Manchester United last week.
The Swede, who claimed two Primeira Liga titles with Benfica, officially completed a move to Old Trafford on Wednesday, signing a four year contract.
His £31m fee makes him Man United’s third most expensive centre back of all time, coming just behind Rio Ferdinand and Eric Bailly.
But Lindelof, when asked by Swedish outlet Aftonbladet about his transfer fee, made it clear that he was more focused on starting work under Jose Mourinho.
“I don’t think about that,” he insisted.
“I don’t think it’s good to do so. I’m here to play football and perform as well as possible for Manchester United.
“I don’t keep track of that, it’s not something I spend time on. It’s not important to me. It just means you’ve done something good and that the club really wanted me.”
Jose Mourinho has now shelled out over £60m for two 22-year-old centre backs in just over a year – an investment that, on the face of it, looks quite excessive.
But the Portuguese is not just investing in next season; he is building a platform for United’s future. The thinking behind both moves is that, two or three years from now, as market forces continue to exert their grip on the beautiful game, £60m for Lindelof and Bailly – a pair of defenders capable of morphing into indispensable assets for Mourinho – will look like an absolute steal.