INTERVIEW | 31/08/2015"I love Benítez. He is a great manager and always wants his players to give their best", he stated.
Casemiro was unable to hide his joy after renewing his contract to stay with the club until 30 June 2021. In an interview with Realmadrid TV and Realmadrid.com, the Brazilian midfielder said: "It is a great feeling to get up every day and realise that you are a Real Madrid player. I want to make the most of this dream by working hard every day. I will definitely fight hard to return the affection that people are showing me. I want to triumph at Real Madrid".
Congratulations. I imagine you are feeling happy…
Without doubt. It has been a special day and I am the happiest person in the world today as well as every day that I am a Real Madrid player.
You have said on more than one occasion that returning to Real Madrid was a dream come true. Does renewing your contract mean extending that dream?
Of course, I am staying here for longer, my dream remains intact and I have the same enthusiasm. I hope to pay back the affection shown by fans when I train and play in matches as I have done up until now.
Did you imagine something similar when you were a child and you began to play in Sao Paulo?
I want to make the most of this dream by working hard every day. I am definitely going to fight to return the affection that people are showing me. I want to triumph at Real Madrid.
What memories do you have of the season you spent with Real Madrid Castilla and what did you learn?
I learned a lot, also by working with Mourinho and with Ancelotti. Now with Benítez, I am sure that it will be an incredible year and I am going to continue working to play more and more. I am very happy.
What did it mean, being barely 21 years old, to be sharing a changing room with Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale…?
Being in the Real Madrid dressing room is an incredible feeling. I try to make the most of it every day that I leave my house in the morning by working very hard and making a real effort. I have not changed at all and nothing will change. I will continue motivated to work and enthusiastic about playing for Real Madrid.
You made your debut against Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu two seasons ago. What was that moment like?
I will never forget it. The excitement was incredible. It is an immense feeling to get up every day and realise that you are a Real Madrid player. All I can do is thank everyone.
During that 2013/14 season you won titles and played in important games.
It was my first season in the first team and it was great because I played in important games. Thanks to God we won La Décima and the Copa del Rey.
What memories do you have of La Décima?
It was incredible, but now I am just thinking about working and winning more European Cups with this team.
You also had a very important performance against Dortmund in the return leg of the quarter-final.
I knew that my time had come, whether it was a full game, a half, or 20 minutes, and I was focused. Things turned out really well. Now I still have that same excitement and motivation to triumph with Real Madrid.
In what way was last season at Porto useful for you?
It was a very important decision, for me and my family. Porto helped me a lot and now I return as a man and with more experience.