Roberto Firmino has wished Brazil teammate Fred “great success” at Manchester United.
Fred will join United this summer in a deal worth an expected £52.5million.
The midfielder has impressed over the past few years at Shakhtar, earning himself an international debut in 2014.
The 25-year-old did not appear for his country from June 2015 until March of this year, but teammate and Liverpool striker Firmino has given Fred his blessing.
“He’s is in the next room to me, he is my next rival but I congratulated him and I hope he has a lot of success playing at Manchester United,” he said.
“Now on the pitch it’s a derby, we won’t be able to avoid playing against each other but I wish him great success.”