In an emotional farewell to Real Madrid on Monday, Casemiro claimed that his upcoming move to Manchester United was not driven by financial considerations.
Casemiro will join United on a four-year deal for up to £70 million, making him one of the highest paid players at the three-time European winners.
Casemiro, who joined Real from Sao Paulo in 2013, assisted Real in winning the Copa del Rey, La Liga, the Champions League, and five other competitions.
He made his 336th appearance for Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final, which saw Real defeat Liverpool to win the title for the 14th time in club history.
After the Champions League final, I spoke with my agent because I thought my time in this place was coming to an end. Casemiro
I'm heading to the biggest team in the world, which once rivaled Real Madrid's glory but no longer does.
United, who has dropped its opening two Premier League games, will play Liverpool on Monday at Old Trafford.
I'm in the midst of one of my best phases professionally. I feel physically and psychologically in terrific shape, and I think this is a great time to make this choice.
Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, shed a few tears during the ceremony at the facility where the Spanish champions train.
Over the years here, you have consistently demonstrated the highest standards "said he. "We must respect your right to choose your own future because you have earned it.