New Monaco acquisition Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he spoke to former Manchester United teammate Patrice Evra, himself an ex-player for the Ligue 1 club, before he decided to move to the Stade Louis II.
Berbatov had long-been expected to leave Fulham during the transfer window, with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham credited with interest in his signature, but a switch to Monaco presented itself following injury to Radamel Falcao.
The emergence of interest from the oil-rich principality club, who are second in the French top-flight under Claudio Ranieri, prompted Berbatov to approach his ex-colleague from Old Trafford to discuss Monaco, and the Manchester United left-back immediately endorsed a move.
"I was looking for something new. When Monaco contacted me, I spoke to Patrice Evra, one of my very good friends, and I said why not," Berbatov told L'Equipe.
"In fact, it was easy for me to choose. This is a great team. I knew the coach who worked in England. This is a new adventure.
"I had the chance to train with the team this morning (Tuesday) ... It was special, I could see how there was talent."
It may well be that Berbatov and Evra are reunited come the summer transfer window with speculation suggesting the club could offer the France international a deal with his future at Old Trafford in doubt.
Manchester United have been frequently linked with Fabio Coentrao, and the Premier League champions could renew their interest come the end of the season.