Tyrell Malacia completed his highly anticipated move to Manchester United earlier this week, signing a four-year contract with the option of an additional year.
Malacia looked to be on course to sign for Olympique Lyon last week but United acted quickly to steal him from under the French club’s noses and secure Erik ten Hag’s maiden reinforcement.
Malacia is expected to be the first of several incomings this month, with Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Frenkie de Jong among the players to be heavily linked.
Shortly after his move was confirmed, Malacia was congratulated by United cult hero Robin van Persie on Twitter, with the former Reds striker passing on some kind words.
From one Red Devil to another. 🇳🇱🔴
— Feyenoord Rotterdam (@Feyenoord) July 5, 2022
“Hey Tyrell! It’s Robin here. I would like to congratulate you on your fantastic move to Manchester United, this big moment in your career,” Van Persie said in a message posted on Feyenoord’s official Twitter page.
“You’ve shown that with self-belief, lots of talent and hard work day in, day out and I’ve seen that from close by, that dreams come true.
“So, to all Red Devils fans, you’re not only getting a very talented full-back but also a fantastic person. Be nice to him, support him in good times and bad times – he will give absolutely everything for you guys.
“I’m sure it will be a great connection together. On behalf of all Feyenoord fans and Feyenoord people, thanks Tyrell for what you’ve done, for all these years, from a young kid when you arrived in the youth academy up until now, until this fantastic moment.
“You are a true example for the next generation, so thank you very much for all your effort and all you’ve done for our club. I wish you the very best, good luck man.”
Van Persie knows Malacia well, having shared a dressing room with the Dutch international at Feyenoord in the 2018/19 season. Malacia now becomes the latest of a long line of Dutch players at Old Trafford.