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Manchester United’s Alex Telles says he is a ‘very intelligent player’ and a ‘set-piece specialist’

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Manchester United‘s left back Alex Telles has opened up on what he aims to bring to Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old made the switch from Porto to the Red Devils in a £15.4million move on deadline day, putting pen to paper on a four-year deal with an option for a further year.

And the Brazilian star has lifted the lid on what fans can expect from him, saying he is a ‘very intelligent player’ and a ‘set-piece specialist’.

Man United's left back Alex Telles has opened up on what he aims to bring to Old Trafford

Man United’s left back Alex Telles has opened up on what he aims to bring to Old Trafford

The Brazil star said he is a 'very intelligent player' and a 'set-piece specialist' following transfer

The Brazil star said he is a ‘very intelligent player’ and a ‘set-piece specialist’ following transfer

‘I like to think of myself as a very intelligent player, a set-piece specialist and I’m always looking for opportunities to create passes to score goals,’ he told the club’s official website.

‘I’m in the best moment of my life in terms of being a versatile player, and obviously coming to play in the Premier League and playing against the opponents I have done already, and playing in a league as strong as the Premier League. I hope to be able to bring my best to the club.

‘I look at being a defender in a different way with my goals. I’m looking to create more openings wherever possible but during training I also pay particular attention to set-piece training. Apart from the key basics of being a defender, which is obviously about defending well, I want to have extra aspects to my game so I’m a versatile player.

The 27-year-old made the switch from Porto to the Red Devils in £15.4million move on Monday

The 27-year-old made the switch from Porto to the Red Devils in £15.4million move on Monday

‘I have great beliefs in my defensive capabilities but also in my attacking ability. I’m in the best moment of my career and I believe I’ve grown a lot, and hopefully I can continue to do so.’

Telles was United’s second signing of the summer after acquiring midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a £40m deal. Youngsters Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri followed Telles through the door as well as former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been keen to add to his defensive ranks before the club’s humiliating 6-1 defeat by Tottenham last Sunday. 

With 13 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season, Telles’ attacking prowess makes him an attractive signing for United and the defender also helped his side keep 20 clean sheets in the Primeira Liga in the 2019-20 campaign.

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