Marcos Rojo was far from pleased when informed that Manchester United were planning on signing Alexis Sanchez.
Sanchez arrived from Arsenal in January as part of a straight-swap deal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan headed the other way to north London.
Sanchez has struggled at Old Trafford, scoring one goal in ten games and failing to slot naturally into Jose Mourinho’s side.
But long before he even kicked a ball for the club, Rojo was busy lamenting his arrival.
“Alexis is a great player, but we didn’t used to get on out on the pitch,” Rojo told TyC Sports.
“Every time we came up against one another, whether in internationals or when United played Arsenal, I would give him a good kicking – and he did the same to me.
“On top of that I used to insult him, and he would reply in kind. So when I learned that he was going to join United I said: ‘Oh, f***ing hell, no, now this guy’s going to be here’.
“I was calmly sitting in a chair watching a film when Jose Mourinho came up and gave me a tap on the shoulder.
“He told me: ‘We’re going to sign Alexis. I don’t want you smashing him up in training tomorrow’. He burst out laughing.”