Reinier Jesus was officially introduced as a new Real Madrid player. The Brazilian midfielder, who comes from Flamengo in exchange for 30 million euros fixed and another five for objectives, landed in Madrid last Saturday and had already had two portions of what awaits him in the white club: Sunday morning he saw from the gym the draw of his new teammates in Castilla against Rayo Majadahonda on Cerro del Espino; and at night he went to the Bernabéu for Madrid-Celta, which also finished 2-2.
Reinier appeared at the Santiago Bernabéu Honor Box at 1:40 p.m., accompanied by his family: Susana and Mauro, their parents; and Julia, his sister. In the morning he was in Valdebebas training with Castilla, which was his first session with his new teammates. First, he took the floor, as he always does in the presentations of the new players, the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez. “This stadium is preparing tirelessly to face the future. Here have played players who have marked an era and many with the Real Madrid shirt. Just as we build now what we want to be the best stadium of the 21st century, we have the obligation to enhance the talent of the future. It is not easy to find that indisputable talent that can be part of the legend of Madrid. Our players conquered the Spanish Super Cup just a month ago and will continue to give it their all. Here nobody ever gives up, “the president began.
“It is our obsession to look for players who can be the great figures of tomorrow. Today comes a player who has just turned 18, but has already been champion of the last Copa Libertadores with Flamengo, one of the great clubs in the world. Dear Reinier, you are already a member of Real Madrid, the one you always chose in video games. In a few minutes you will wear the Madrid shirt and step on the grass where many of your countrymen have played, which have contributed to Madrid being the club of the 13 European Cups. You have arrived here with humility and sacrifice. I have been told that your father put videos of Zidane, with the illusion that you played in Madrid one day. It has certainly helped you, but if you are here it is for your merits. You are one of the emerging stars of world football. Congratulations, today many of your soccer hopes are coming true. This shirt is impregnated with values: effort, demand, overcoming, humility, companionship and always, respect for the adversary. This is the shirt you have dreamed so much about. The great challenges of your life await you. Welcome to your new home, “concluded Florentino Pérez.
Then, it was Reinier's turn, who pronounced his first words as a Real Madrid player after his presentation, although he already granted AS an interview in which he declared “Real Madrid from the Galactic stage”. The Brazilian let loose speaking in Spanish, fluently: “Good afternoon everyone, it's a very happy day for me. I fulfill a childhood dream. Thanks to my family who was always with me. We always talked about how amazing it would be to get here. I want to be part of the history of this great club. Go Madrid”.
After the protocol ceremony at the Palco de Honor, Reinier went down to the locker room to dress for the first time with the clothing of Real Madrid and jump to the grass of the Santiago Bernabéu, in which he hopes to play in the not too distant future. At the moment its site is Castilla, as Madrid has covered the three extra-community places (Militao, Rodrygo and Vinicius); His mission will now be to convince Raul to enter the plans of the subsidiary's technician. Precisely Raúl was present at the event, along with other veterans such as Solari or Arbeloa.
Some 500 fans came to the stands of the Bernabéu to welcome you to the new white player.
In press conference
After his presentation as a new Real Madrid player, Reinier attended the Press accompanied by Emilio Butragueño, director of Institutional Relations of the club. “Dear Reinier, today you start a new stage. Playing for Madrid is one of the biggest challenges a professional can face. Everyone who works in the club will do everything possible to make you and your family very happy in your new home. New successes await you, ”commented the Vulture.
What feelings do you have?
It is the realization of a dream, playing in Madrid was the dream of my father, my sister, my mother … I am very happy with this opportunity. It is the realization of a dream.
Have you talked to Vinicius and Rodrygo?
They are great players, yesterday I was at Vinicius' house, he is my friend since Flamengo. I am very happy with the reception of all Brazilians, they are sure to help me a lot. I am prepared to seize the opportunities.
Going from Flamengo to Castilla, in Second B, is not a somewhat strange jump?
Flamengo is the largest team in South America. But I am happy, I have already trained with Castilla, they are great people, I have already met Raúl … He is one of my idols. I am very happy, surely tomorrow we will be very well together again and I will be ready for Sunday.
What did Raul tell you?
He welcomed me, I am very happy with our talk. He wished me luck, I'm sure I will do my best. As we say in my country, I will give my life for Madrid.
Who do you feel like training more?
Everyone with everyone. Being Madrid, surely they are the best. I am very happy with the opportunity. I really want to play.
How was the time to know that Madrid loved you?
I was happier than anyone to receive this news, my father called me. I was in the Club World Cup and did not know what to do. An inexplicable emotion, I started to cry, my roommate was also very happy. In Brazil we do not know well what Madrid is, it is something gigantic. It has always been my team.
What do you say to the people of Flamengo, your exequipo?
It is a very qualified team, with great players who have made history in Europe. I thank the coach very much, he has helped me and advised me to improve my football. I thank him and all the Flamengo. I am here to do my best.
What memories do you have of Madrid?
I've seen Cristiano Ronaldo a lot, I was little and my father showed me the videos. I was delighted with the videos. I've always wanted to get here. I am very grateful to my family, I am here thanks to them.
What does Zidane direct you to do?
He was a great player, an idol of Madrid. I will have as a mirror great players. My father played football and when he teaches me videos I try to make the most of my experience to improve in the field.
This is a club with a lot of pressure …
Madrid is the biggest club in the world, there is a lot of pressure, but as I said it is a dream that has come true. I'm sure I'm going bareback for my dream. Playing in Madrid is inexplicable, I am very happy with my opportunity.
How do you define yourself? Here he is compared to Kaka …
Kaka is an idol for me, he's Brazilian and I've seen him play forever. I arrive at the area, I finish the plays, touching the ball a lot, one-two. I know that I will do my best. I thank Kaka, I shared a moment with him in which we talked a few things. But I sure have things to improve. He wished me luck, I knew that I am young and that I was working. I appreciate it, for me it has been an idol. He is a person that everyone praises. That he was by my side was very exciting.
In which position does it look better?
The game attack in all positions. Everything, inside and out. Where I am I will play.
He has been excited about his parents during the presentation …
Everything I lived in childhood crossed my mind, since I left home with my father, I arrived in Rio alone, without my mother, without my sister … (He gets excited, Butragueño asks for a few moments so he can calm down). When I talk about my family I get very excited because I am sure it was all thanks to them. I thank you, also those in Brazil, like my grandmother. Since I was a child they helped me achieve my dream.
Have you talked to Zidane? Will you train with the first team?
I'm a Madrid player, I haven't talked to Zidane yet. But I am available to the club. This is a dream, since I was a child, I will do my best and the club will know what it wants to do.
His father is very happy with his signing for Madrid …
My father is my greatest hero, he deserves to be here living this with me. It has been the dream of all of us. Madrid is something different.
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