Madrid have also recruited Belgian forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea and Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Porto, while French left-back Ferland Mendy is also reported to be on his way to the Spanish capital from Olympique Lyonnais. "I thought that now was the moment to mark a turning point and come to the biggest club in the world". "I'm Eden Hazard and everything I've done is in the past [does not count]. I jokingly asked him if he could leave me No.10, he said no, I have to find another number", Hazard said on Thursday, as per Goal.
The 28-year-old was also asked whether joining Madrid would boost his chances of winning a Ballon D'Or prize, now held by new teammate Luka Modric, and won in the two previous years by former Blancos star Cristiano Ronaldo. In football you can always improve, you never reach the limit.
Madrid have spent over €300m so far this summer and now must look to bring in more funds from player sales. I just want to enjoy this moment.
Thrilled to have finally got his hands on the 28-year-old, Madrid president Florentino Perez gave him the warmest of welcomes at his official presentation.More news: 225,000 evacuated as storm heads for Gujarat
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Later in a news conference, he said: "I'm going to try to become the best player in the world, but first I wanted to be in the best team in the world".
"The captain takes a very good penalty". They were the most likely destination for the unwanted Real Madrid star but their final offer of a two-year loan was rejected.
Gareth Bale is determined not to be railroaded into leaving Real Madrid this summer despite the club making it clear they want to sell him. "I hope to help begin a new cycle, with new players, alongside those still here who have won so much".