Former Manchester United forward Bebe has been speaking following his move to Benfica.
The 24-year-old had been tipped to complete a permanent switch to his homeland for some time, and finally that has happened with the player agreeing a reported £2.4million move to the Portuguese champions.
That sees the club make a £5million loss on a player Sir Alex Ferguson paid a reported £7.4million for back in 2010. But with United maintaining 50% of any future sell-on fee, the Premier League side may make their money back on the player over time.
Bebe shone on loan in the Primeira Liga last season, and following his move to Benfica he told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo how happy he was to sign on the dotted line.
“I am delighted to be in Lisbon and sign for Benfica,” Bebe said.
“I could not be happier. Not only because Benfica are very strong, but because since childhood I have followed Benfica and that is also important.”
Speaking of the prospect of working with new manager Jorge Jesus, the player said, “It’s a great motivation. Hopefully I can grow with him.”
Describing the type of player he is, Bebe said, “I am very fast and I shoot well. You can count on me.”
His speed was one of the things that reportedly attracted United to him in the first place. But unfortunately Bebe was never able to utilise his strengths in the Premier League.
Perhaps it was simply a case of too much too soon when he first arrived at Old Trafford in arguably the most unexpected transfer in the history of United. But now older and seemingly wiser, Bebe still has time to show what a good player he is.
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