03 July 2013
Francisco Roman Alarcon, Isco, was unveiled as new Real Madrid player in the Directors’ Box at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The Andalusian has fulfilled the dream of being able to play in the white shirt: "For a player, being at Real Madrid is as big and as good as it gets. I hope to enjoy myself here and to win lots of titles for this club". The president, Florentino Perez, was at his side and praised Real Madrid’s new signing: "This is a player who at 21 has won many Spanish fans with creative and quality football. We believe in you, in your class and in your talent, and we welcome you to Real Madrid". Emilio Butragueno, the club’s Director of Institutional Relations; Miguel Pardeza, Director of Football, and several members of the Board also accompanied the player at his unveiling ceremony.
The Directors’ Box was the starting point for the Whites’ third signing of the 2013-14 season. Amidst a huge amount of anticipation, reflecting the importance of the new Real Madrid player, Florentino Perez took the floor to introduce the winner of the recent European Under-21s Championship: "Just a few days ago, in this same place which has been a large part of the Real Madrid legend a new project started with the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, complete with its challenges. As our coach says, Real Madrid have to work hard to provide a spectacular style of football and we want new players who meet the requirements of the club and that have an insatiable hunger, we want players that are aware of the great responsibility of wearing this shirt and so we introduce to you, Isco".
Florentino Perez praised the standing of a player who, due to his youth and quality, has a great future at Real Madrid: "This is a player who at 21 has won many Spanish fans with his creative and quality play. He is young and amply prepared for this challenge. He has completed a great season with a historic Malaga team and has won the Under-21s Championship with Spain. He was also awarded the Golden Boy award. We are in the presence of one of those different players that has shown his talents in the Champions League. As everyone knows, Isco had other offers but chose to play for Real Madrid, the most important club in history. Here he will find unique players on the footballing side and excellent teammates that make up a great dressing room. Isco has great qualities and that is imperative to winning the hearts of Real Madrid fans".
The Real Madrid president addressed the man of the hour, saying: "You have come to a team that does not know the word impossible and that will always be by your side, especially at difficult times. Today the task of bringing together the best in the world and Spain has happened. We believe in you, in your class and in your talent and we welcome you to Real Madrid. This is your stadium and this is your home".
Meanwhile, Isco, greeted by the 7000 fans in attendance, thanked both the president and the club for making his move possible: "I want to thank the president for his efforts and the affection that the fans have shown me from the first minute. For a player, being at Real Madrid is as big and as good as it gets. I hope to enjoy myself here and to win lots of titles for this club". The ceremony ended with a group photo with Florentino Perez and the rest of the members of the Board together with Isco.