The 25-year-old has been not worried about the possibility of another expensive defender arriving at Old Trafford this summer
Victor Lindelof says he has been excited by the prospect of competing with Harry Maguire for a place in the Manchester United starting XI as the club’s pursuit of the Leicester City defender continues.
United have already had two bids for the centre-back rejected as Leicester are reportedly holding out for £90 million ($112m).
Lindelof already has to battle with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for a spot in the first team, while the likes of Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe are also pushing for a place.
But the Sweden international has been not worried about another high-profile signing being added to the mix, saying it will only motivate him further.
“I like the competition,” Lindelof told ESPN. “I love it, actually. I think it’s great for a club to have that competition. If you have good players in your position you have to work hard every day, especially in training, and that helps a team to go to the next level as well.
“For me it’s perfect. I like it. I think everyone at this club wants to be at the highest level. I’m very good friends with them all. In training, we compete and then off the pitch we are friends. That’s how it should be.”
Meanwhile, Lindelof has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after a solid season in which he made 40 appearances across all competitions.
But he has been quick to dismiss any talk of a transfer this summer, insisting he has been happy where he has been.
“I’m not the kind of person who thinks about that,” he added.
“I’m here, I’m very happy here. That’s my focus. Manchester United has been my club. I represent this club with great honour.”
Lindelof had a difficult start to life in Manchester after joining from Benfica in 2017.
The 25-year-old was limited to just 17 Premier League games in his first year as he spent large spells on the bench under Jose Mourinho.
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But he says he “never” doubted that he made the right call in joining the Premier League side as he was confident of becoming a success at United.
“I’m very confident in myself. It’s just the way I am, the way I was raised,” he said.
“I know the type of soccer professional I am, I know the type of person I am. I’ve always been like that and it was never a problem for me.”