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Man Utd new signing keen to make early impression, wants English teacher rather than translator

I always think it’s beneficial for foreign footballers to learn the language of the country they’re living in. Some don’t, and I presume it would make settling in at a new country difficult, so to hear that Fred has taken the initiative to learn England makes me very happy indeed.

This may sound hypocritical coming from someone who speaks just one language, but I’ve never had to live in a foreign country. I plan to one day, just not yet.

The Fred update referred to in the first paragraph comes from Ciaran Kelly, a relatively new journalist at the Manchester Evening News, who has been first with quite a few exclusives this past year.

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He says Fred is eager to make an early impression at United, which Jose Mourinho will be delighted to see, and the Brazil international has even asked for an English teacher rather than a translator to help him settle.

Although he got a call-up – unlike Liverpool’s new signing Fabinho – Fred didn’t feature at the World Cup due to a knock he picked up during their preparations for the tournament. That should mean he will be fresh and ready to hit the ground running with his new team-mates.

Fred will fly out to the United States next week.

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