Carlos Cristobal / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Fabio Coentrao was clearly delighted after signing his contract with Real Madrid. The club's latest signing had his first interview with Realmadrid.com and RealmadridTV after inking the deal.
You always said you wanted to play for Real Madrid, so this must be a dream come true.
Yes, that’s true. Every footballer dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I wanted to since I was a child. I used to imagine playing for this team. It was my dream and it has now come true. I hope to earn continuity and to show people I’m ready to play here.
What went through your mind as you signed your new contract?
I honestly didn’t think of anything. I was just nervous. Being here with the President and signing a contract is like a dream.
Are you anxious to start working with Mourinho?
Of course I am. He is the best coach in the world and has been officially acknowledged as such. It makes me proud to have the chance to work with him.
You will have to compete with quality players for a spot on the team, but competition is good in order for a player to grow…
It is good, especially for Real Madrid. Having quality players like Marcelo is good for any side. I will work hard to play, and so will he. We will compete for a spot every week and the team will benefit from that. That’s all that matters.
You know the Spanish league from your spell at Zaragoza. What’s your opinion on it?
It is a very competitive league and it has many solid teams. I am anxious to play in the championship and to win it with Real Madrid, which is the best club in the world.
Coinciding with many players from the Portuguese national team may ease your adaptation process.
Yes, I believe it may help me considerably. I have just arrived at the greatest club in the world and, despite the fact that Benfica is also an important club, it is always rather strange. It’s important to have friends here because it will make things easier for me.
Who are you most excited to play with?
I’m excited to play with everyone. This team has great quality players and I want to share the pitch with all of them.
What can you bring to Real Madrid?
I regard myself as a player that works hard. I try to do anything I can to help my team win. That’s my best quality. I can also run, shoot on goal…
You had offers from other teams. Why did you choose Real Madrid?
I did have offers from other teams, but I always wanted to either sign for Real Madrid or stay at Benfica. I didn’t want to leave the team for any other reason than coming to Real.
What’s your dream for this season?
I want to win all the championships we play in.