NEWS | 10/07/2021"I’ve been here for a long time, but the desire is still there", added the Brazilian.
“When you are a Real Madrid player you wake up every day full of desire and that grows after every season. I’ve been here for a long time, but the desire is still there and it just keeps on growing. I’m really looking forward to the start of the new season”.
The stuff of dreams
"I learn a lot every season, there's always something new. I'm even more excited about this campaign because I'm Real Madrid captain. It's a dream come true for me and I believe I've done everything I can to be here for such a long time".
Responsibility and motivation
"I've always tried to bring a little bit of my enthusiasm and taken responsibility to help the youngsters as well as those who've been here for a long time. Support is always welcome".
"I'm always looking to learn new things and I also need help from my teammates. I believe that as captain I'm the spokesperson for the team and I'll always look to help as much as I can, just like I've always done".
"During pre-season it's a combination of football and fitness work and it's been very demanding from day one. We're doing well, we're looking forward to training hard and playing our first game. We're feeling good and we're all very happy. We've got everything we need to be successful".
Thoughts ahead of the season
"We're aware that it's very tough to go through a season without winning a title, but we fought til the end of the season. I'm sure we're going to win something. We're very happy, we've still got players to come back from international duty or on holiday, but we're very motivated for the season to start".
"We learn from him in every training session and he's always chatting with us. It's a pleasure to train with him and his coaching staff again".
Teaching the youngsters
"I'd say that rather than teaching them things, I try to help them with things that they've maybe not experienced before: things in training, managing the ball, listening to the coach, being more aware of what the fitness coach is asking for.... Normal things like that because we know that they're all quality players. As footballers, we have a limited amount of football in us, but it's very intense. It's important to learn every day".