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Mendy: "My dream has come true and I'm now part of the best team in the world"

NEWS | 19/06/2019 | Javier García

"It's an honor that a legend like Zidane is my coach", added the new Real Madrid player.
Ferland Mendy spoke to the media in the Santiago Bernabéu press room after being introduced as a new Real Madrid player. The director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño, accompanied the French defender and opened by saying: "Were happy to welcome you to your new home. You are an example of overcoming difficulties, which is one of the characteristic values ​​of the club. You have overcome the difficulties and now you face the big challenge of succeeding at Real Madrid. We’re going to help you in this stage, we are convinced that you will be very important and you will help us to win lots of titles. Good luck".
Then, Mendy spoke: "I’m very happy to play for the best club in the world and wear this jersey. I hope to win lots of titles at this club. When I heard of the interest from Real Madrid I didn’t believe it. It's a great club and being able to sign for this team is something magnificent".
"I'm here to learn firstly. Then, I will try to play as many games as possible and give everything for the club and the fans. Real Madrid can teach me a lot, also as a way of life. Why not, I also want to win the maximum number of titles possible. I come here with humility, I have had a good season with my club and with the national team. I hope to do my best to help the team".
History of overcoming difficulties
"When I was 15 years old, I had to operate on my hip. They told me I was not going to play football again. I spent some time in a wheelchair and spent 6 months in the hospital with rehabilitation to walk again. Now I’m at the best club in the world. I would not speak of difficulties but this has given me desire and ambition not to give up and to get here. I have always believed in my dream and it has become a reality and now I am part of this club".
"I’ve not talked to him yet but I hope to soon. It is important to me that the coach is Zidane. He will help me adapt because he speaks French. It is an honour to share the dressing room with a legend like him. I followed him when I was little and it's really special to work with him".
"We haven’t seen each other without a shirt on (laughs). I don’t have much to say about Marcelo, I'll have to see him and talk to him. I’m very happy to be part of Real Madrid and I think he will also be happy that I’ve come. I know the quality that Marcelo has, he has had a great career at Real Madrid and I will learn from him too".


"It will be the coach who decides who plays. We'll see what happens during the season. It’s no problem to be a starter or a substitute. In this type of club there is always competition. The season has not started and I don’t know how Zidane will want to play. I’m here to learn and play as much as possible".
Pressure on his signing
"I wouldn’t talk about pressure. It is an agreement between the clubs and I will try to give everything for the team and to perform well on the field".
"I've talked to him. He told me that it was the biggest club in the world and that he was going to help me to settle in the group. It's going to be good for me because I’ve played for the international team with him".
Special day
"It is true that when I arrived, I was a little nervous. I’m now beginning to believe that I’m a Real Madrid player".
"I started as a forward and a winger. Then I went out to left midfield. In the end, I stayed on the left side. In the French League we defend a lot but I also know how to attack".
His teammates
"I'm excited to share the dressing room with everyone. In defence, with Sergio Ramos. Also with Benzema. But honestly, with all the players".