Victor Lindelof was charmed by Jose Mourinho before signing on the dotted line with Manchester United.
Although Mourinho insisted he was taking a break from football, there was been no rest for for the Portuguese boss as he looked to land the highly-rated defender.
Swedish centre-back Lindelof said he agreed a move to Old Trafford after conversations with the boss, the Manchester Evening News.
Lindelof officially became a Reds player on Wednesday after United announced they had agreed a £30.7million fee with Benfica on Saturday.
Following his unveiling the 22-year-old, who is expected to partner Eric Bailly in United’s defence next season, said he had chatted with Mourinho about the Portuguese’s plans for the club and how he would fit into them.
“We talked on the phone,” Lindelof told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
“He told me about the club and everything around it. He also talked about how he looks at me and why he wants me at the club.”
And, in a Q&A with MUTV , he added: “I’ve spoken to him. It was a good chat. It’s very important for me to hear what he has to say.
“It feels great to know the coach wants you to finally be here. It makes me very happy.
“He’s a great coach and for me to be able to work with him is a great opportunity for me.”
Lindelof is looking forward to the challenge of joining one of the world’s biggest clubs.
“There is pressure everywhere,” he said. “There has been a of press in Portugal, there will be more now with one of the world’s biggest clubs.
“But it’s also really fun, very inspiring. But wherever you play, you need to perform and adapt to the new environment, no matter whether it is Germany, Italy or Spain. I look forward to it and I trust my qualities and think it’ll go well.”