NEWS | 03/06/2015"We herald the arrival of a man who has lived and breathed football, professionalism and the Real Madrid spirit since childhood. He will make us stronger”, declared Florentino Pérez.
“Rafa, you understand the culture of this club and your name is synonymous with hard work, sacrifice, dedication and passion for this sport. You are one of the greatest coaches in the world and use your methodology as a work tool. You communicate excellently with your players and have accumulated a lot of professional experience as well as an impressive trophy collection despite your young age”.
“He is a truly home-grown man, having developed as a player and a manager here. Today will be especially emotional for him, as he will be feeling the emotions of someone who first came here at 13 years of age. No one better understands what this crest, this jersey and this stadium symbolise. The desires of our fans now depend on you and you will have the support of our members and of a bunch of extraordinarily talented players. Welcome home”.
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“It is an emotional day because I've returned home. I hope things go well, that we are able to win titles and also that the team play well. I would like to thank the club for the faith they have shown in my work”. The ceremony concluded with a group photo of the new coach alongside Florentino Pérez and the rest of the members of the Board of Directors.