Presentación de Kovacic

Kovacic: "Joining Real Madrid is the opportunity of a lifetime"

NEWS | 19/08/2015 | Antonio M. Leal

"I hope to live this dream for many years to come", explained the midfielder.
Mateo Kovacic gave his first press conference as Real Madrid player in the Santiago Bernabéu press room. The midfielder spoke of his joy at completing his move to the Whites: "Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world, I'm in no doubt about that. I'm very happy with the support I've been given from the word go and I hope I can show why the club have signed me. I've joined Real Madrid and it's the opportunity of a lifetime".
"It's a really important step for me and for my family, and I want to live this dream for many years to come. I'm used to dealing with difficult moments and I'm very happy to be here. I hope I don’t disappoint and that I can meet all expectations. When Real Madrid show an interest in you, there can be no hesitation; it only comes around once in a lifetime". 

Playing position
“It’s not for me to decide my position; that's up to the coach. Where I’m most comfortable is as a defensive midfielder. I’ve spoken briefly to Rafa Benítez and he welcomed me to the club. I know him from his time at Napoli and I’m very happy to be able to work with such an important coach”.

The dressing room
“I've no doubt that all the players are phenomenal. But Cristiano is the best and the man who brings the most goals. It’s an honour to be a part of this team, with players who have experienced it all. I'm just getting started. Every player wants to play at the Bernabéu".

I'm very happy with the support the club have given me and I hope I can meet all expectations.

"I'm young and I need to keep on learning. What I can guarantee is the enthusiasm and desire of youth and I hope not to fall short of the expectations of this club. Right now, what's most important is to start training hard so as to integrate as quickly as possible".

Luka Modric
"He's a friend of mine. I'm very happy to be able to share a dressing room with him and I thank him for all the positive things he has said about me. Modric is a really great player, unique, in my view the best around, but each player has his own individual characteristics".

"There's always pressure in football, particularly at a club like Real Madrid. I'm young, I've got what it takes and I'm sure that my team-mates will help me".

Emilio Butragueño: “With your talent, great success lies ahead of you”
“In the few short hours that you have been with us, you’ve already felt the warmth of the fans, who will expect your all in every game and every training session. The demands here couldn't be higher, but we're in no doubt that, with your talent and effort, great success lies ahead of you. We wish you all the best in this new chapter of your career and we’re delighted to have you here with us."