“I’m sure that I’ll learn a lot from Zidane, just as I did during his playing days”, he declared.
Jesús Vallejo spoke to Realmadrid TV to express his delight after having been unveiled as a madridista. The young defender shared his satisfaction at joining the Whites’ squad and had the following to say: “It’s marvellous and I’ve got to be really grateful for this opportunity to train and learn from these players every day. I’ll improve here and will share in some really positive experiences”.
What’s it like to set foot on the Bernabéu pitch for the very first time?
I’m really happy, and after watching the video of the unveiling, I was slightly moved by it. I’m really enjoying myself and this is one of the happiest days of my life. It’s a real mix of emotions, on the one hand there’s the duty that comes with wearing the Real Madrid badge, whilst on the other I’m here in front of all of those that love me.
What will you bring to this Real Madrid squad?
I’ll bring a sense of responsibility, strength and I’m going to give my all for this team. I consider myself to be a relaxed guy, who knows what he wants and playing football is what I enjoy most.
What was the experience of playing in the Bundesliga like? Do you look at Carvajal as an example to follow?
Yes, of course. Carvajal showed during his time at Bayer Leverkusen that he was ready to come back here. He’s a big player in this team and I’m following in his footsteps. Ever since I left for Germany everyone mentioned him as a role model for me. I’m delighted to be following his lead.
What targets have you set yourself for your first season as a madridista?
To continue to make myself available for the team, do what the coach asks of me, give my best and really enjoy myself. Of course, I want to lift as much silverware as possible, which is what all athletes seek to do, it’s what we train every day for.
What does it feel like to have one of the game’s all-time greats as your coach?
I hope that he gives me a good welcome and am wishing for the same with my teammates and the coaching staff. I can’t wait to pull my boots on and train with my teammates. I hope that he’s a coach who’s very close to his players and I’m sure that I’ll learn a lot from him, just as I did during his playing days.
What do you think daily life will be like with your teammates?
It’ll be marvellous and I’ve got to be really grateful for this opportunity to train with these players and learn from them every day. I’m certain that throughout the rest of my time here, and I hope that I’m here for a very long time, I’ll improve and share in some really positive experiences.
Have you got a message for the Real Madrid fans?
Many thanks for the welcome you’ve given me. I’ve always felt a great affection from you and I’m raring to start training with my teammates and defend this badge and this shirt with all my might. Greetings to all of them, lots of hugs and Hala Madrid!