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Mariano: “I'm signing for the best club in the world and it's the happiest day of my life”

NEWS | 31/08/2018

“I'm coming back home to work hard and help the team“, said the forward.
After being unveiled in the presidential box and once again taking to the Santiago Bernabéu pitch,  Mariano spoke to the press in the stadium's media room: “It's been an incredible day, the happiest day of my life. I'm coming home to fulfil a dream I had since I was young and my aim is to give it everything I've got. I hope we can win the very best trophies and continue to make history”.

“Today is a very special day. I'm signing for the best club in the world and I intend to train hard and fight in every game. It's the club of my dreams. If Real Madrid are interested in me, I owe it to them, the club that has raised me. I'm very happy. If later on I get a call-up to the national team, I'll be the happiest guy in the world”.

Number 7
“The number is not the most important thing for me. It's a challenge and a source of pride to wear the same number as legends like Emilio Butragueño and other great players who have worn it. It's exciting, it was available and I'm thrilled to be able to take the number 7”.

I'm coming here to work hard and give it my all for this shirt.

“When you go away from home, you mature and improve in everything you do. I can still improve on a lot of things and I'm coming here to work hard and help my teammates. I'll always hold Olympique Lyon dear in my heart. The game time I got there has helped me grow and earned me a return home”.

“I can only thank Sevilla for the interest they showed in me. Today is the best day of my life, signing for the greatest club in the world. Julen called me and he's responsible for me coming here. He told me he was counting on me and he'd be thrilled if I decided to come back. When you go away from home, it's sad. It's hard to imagine you'd be coming back inside a year and when I picked up Julen's call I was pleased but nervous too”.

“I'm coming to work hard and be another member of the squad. We're a family and that's the most important thing. I'm coming to give the best possible account of myself, play alongside my fantastic teammates and fight in every training session, giving it my all for this shirt. The coach is the one who decides and I'm thrilled to be back at the Santiago Bernabéu to give it my best shot”.

Butragueño: “It's a pleasure to have you back with us”
“This dream has come true thanks to your hard work, talent and commitment. You were raised on the values of Real Madrid and today is the beginning of the toughest challenge of your career, and all of us at the club will do everything we can to make sure you're happy here. It's a pleasure to have you back here with us. Welcome, and good luck”.