"I will not say if I want him or not," José Mourinho said a while back, not quite ending rumours that he was tracking Benfica defender Victor Lindelöf. Now he has his man, UEFA.com explains what the Manchester United manager was keeping so quiet about.
"You cannot deny his qualities. He has burst on to the scene and done superbly at club and international level. I've been so impressed by him whenever I've played with him. He's an important player for us in the Sweden team now and that shows maturity. But not only does he have the quality on the pitch but he has a calm and sensible head on him as well. He is a humble guy and has a good future ahead of him"
"[The Swedish media] were surprised at what he has done at Benfica, where he seems like a veteran, with several senior team years under his belt. His first games were like finals, and I was also very impressed with his performances. He is a leader, a calm one, and possesses the qualities to become a captain, at club and national-team level. I have no doubt about that."
"It was a beautiful surprise the way he settled into the team so quickly. He is physically robust, strong in the air when marking his man, as well as being very calm and focused. He was prepared for his opportunity and made the most of it."
"I've been playing, and playing well, I think. This was my fourth season at the club and progressed a lot as a player and person. I feel that every day I take another step forward thanks to the good professionals around me."
"I would never have been the footballer I am today if I hadn't had the training I've received over the [last few] years. I have a lot to thank Benfica for."
"[Dispelling rumours of his impending move to United while on duty with Sweden] I know a lot of things get written about me, but I don't think it's right for me to read them. It wouldn't suit me to read rumours. My thoughts are with the national team. After that I'm going on holiday, so we'll see. But I have a contract [at Benfica], and that's where my thoughts lie. That's my answer."