Ferdinand voices excitement over Man United-bound Martinez

‘The more I’ve looked into him… it gets better’: Rio Ferdinand voices his excitement over incoming Man United signing Lisandro Martinez, as he hails the defender as a ‘leader’ and highlights £46m man’s ‘character’

  • Lisandro Martinez jetted out to the UK to wrap up his Manchester United move 
  • The defender will sign for £46m and re-unite with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag 
  • Rio Ferdinand has cast a positive assessment of the incoming Red Devils arrival 

Rio Ferdinand has lavished praise on incoming Manchester United signing Lisandro Martinez, admitting his assessment ‘gets better’ with everything he hears about him.

The Ajax defender has jetted into the UK after boarding a plane last night, and is expected to seal the formalities before officially completing his Old Trafford move.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that the Red Devils had successfully agreed the structure of the deal, with the transfer set to cost around £46million altogether.

Rio Ferdinand has voiced his excitement over incoming Man United signing Lisandro Martinez

Former United defender Ferdinand heaped praise on the £46million centre back’s ‘character’

Martinez has previously played under United boss Erik ten Hag, having been an integral part of his defence during their trophy-laden time together in Amsterdam. 

United supporters have struggled to hide their excitement over the looming arrival, and Ferdinand has also been left with a positive impression of the 24-year-old.

‘The more I’ve looked into him and the vibes and the stories I’m hearing and the mutterings from different people – it gets better,’ Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five.

Martinez was pictured jetting out to the UK last night with his representative to seal the deal

‘I listened to an interview with Jurrien Timber, the young player that United were looking to sign, the centre back Martinez played alongside at Ajax. 

‘He was saying, “When I’m not on my game and a bit out of concentration, Martinez always shouts at me, he always swears at me in in his language and gets me going.”

‘I’ve been shouting about the character element for a long time and from what I’m hearing from various people, Timber being one of them, is that he has the character. 

‘He’s a leader. He [makes] demands of other people and he’s somebody who wants to get physical and very aggressive but who can also play.’ 

 The versatile centre back will once again reunite with Erik ten Hag (R) after their spell at Ajax

Martinez was pictured on social media with his representative Cristian Bragarnik on a flight out to the home of his new club, with the caption: ‘Rumbo a Manchester @lisandromartinez.’ Translated in English, it reads as ‘Heading to Manchester.’ 

The versatile defender missed training on Thursday with both clubs working hard to iron out the specific structure of his transfer – which has almost been wrapped up. 

He has his critics, however, with his lack of height potentially a problem for United. 

Martinez took a step closer to Old Trafford after the clubs finally thrashed out an agreement

Ferdinand has admitted to be concerned over his 5’9′ frame, which means that Martinez is much smaller than the majority of centre backs in the Premier League.

‘If you’re going to ask is there any question marks about him, I think it would be his height and his pace would be the only two,’ Ferdinand added.

Martinez will become United’s third arrival, after Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen. 

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