NEWS | 19/08/2015"Being at the biggest club in the world is really special", said Kovacic.
"We bear the responsibility of endeavouring to make the dreams of our members and fans come true. Today we present a new player. He's young, but he has experience and great talent that will help to strengthen our terrific squad. He's a fantastic player, and he comes to the club from an important league and, in Inter Milan, from a historic club that is a friend of Real Madrid".
"Dear Mateo, you arrive at the most prestigious and valuable club in the world at the age of just 21. A new chapter in your career begins that will prove to be an exciting one. This is the team that has won 10 European Cups. Being a part of this club is a privilege, one that also brings with it great responsibility, dedication, effort and sacrifice."
"Your country, Croatia, loves football, and you are the fifth Croat to join Real Madrid. This is now your home, this club will be by your side and the fans will support you all the way if you give your all for this badge, as your international team-mate Luka Modric has done. We're sure you're going to help us to keep on improving and that with your talent and dedication you'll experience something unique: the thrill of going down in Real Madrid's great history. Welcome to your new home, welcome to Real Madrid".
Kovacic: “I'm at the biggest club in the world”
Visibly moved, Kovacic offered his first words as a Madrid player: "Many thanks to everyone. I'd like to thank the president for his kind words and express my gratitude for the support of the club as a whole. I'm at the biggest club in the world and it's very special. I have high hopes for myself and the whole team. Hala Madrid!”.
The event concluded with the new Whites man posing for a group photograph with his family, Pérez and the remaining members of the Board of Directors. Afterwards, Kovacic turned to the stands to wave to the fans and thank them for their support.