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Antony has completed a major move to Manchester United (Pictures: Getty)

Antony says he’s delighted to be reunited with “great player” and “great friend” Lisandro Martinez following his £86million move to Manchester United.

The 22-year-old’s move to Old Trafford was confirmed on deadline day when Antony signed a five-year deal with United.

Manchester United initially paid £82m for the Brazilian but with surcharges the deal could rise to £86m, making Antony the fourth-most expensive signing in Premier League history.

Antony meets a number of familiar faces at the Theater of Dreams after playing under United manager Erik ten Hag and alongside Martinez at Ajax.

Speaking on his relationship with Martinez, who played in United’s last two wins against Southampton and Liverpool, Antony said: “We spent two years together at Ajax. We developed a really strong friendship.

“I have great respect for him and his family, who I also got to know. I’m glad we’re back together to make history.

Like Antony, Lisandro Martinez joined United from Ajax

Like Antony, Lisandro Martinez joined United from Ajax (Image: Getty)

“He messaged me today and yesterday. He’s a great friend I made in football. Now we’re back together and we’ve talked about achieving great things here together.”

Antony added: “Martinez has his Argentinian style, we know him well. I love it and it motivates me to see him play.

“The way he competes, the way he plays, he puts his heart and soul on the pitch. I have the same personality, he knows me well and how I am.

“I put my body at risk – blood, sweat and tears. If I have to leave the pitch in real pain, that’s not a problem, it’s my life, it’s my job.

“When I watch Martinez, I know him well, up close. He’s a great player, we can all see that, people recognize that, Martinez is a craque [ace].’

Antony has also joined Brazilian team-mates Fred and Casemiro at Manchester United and says he is “really happy” to play with his international counterparts.

“First of all, I am very happy to meet the Brazilians here,” he said. “I am very happy to be back with them from the national team, now we are here together.

“I hope to learn a lot from them. Fred spoke to me about the club, I hope to make history with them here at Manchester United and grow and develop alongside my two fellow Brazilians.”

On his bond with Casemiro, who he looked up to in Brazil, Antony added: “We definitely come from the same Sao Paulo youth team.

“We never played together because of the age difference, but now to share a dressing room and pitch and play alongside him is really special.

“I’m really happy that we both come from the same place, Sao Paulo youth department, and today we play together in this great club.

“As we said to each other in messages, we hope to put our names in club history.”

Antony could make his Manchester United debut on Thursday night when Ten Hag’s side travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City.

While United have won their last two games after a worrying start to the season, Leicester are still looking for their first win of the season and are currently bottom of the Premier League.

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