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The Real Madrid presented on Wednesday June 19 to its fourth addition for the next season. Ferland Mendy (France, 24 years old) It has been one of the sensations of last season, although it is not unknown, since the player has been chosen better side of the Ligue-1 during the last two years. The footballer had his comeback after others like Luka Jovic, Hazard Y Rodrygo passed through the 'Bernabéu catwalk'.
This Wednesday was the day. Ferland Mendy started the day by going to the relevant medical examination prior to the signing of his signing. The French international went to University Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja, in order to overcome it satisfactorily once again, head towards Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. It was in the white temple where the defense found Florentino Pérez to stamp his signature on his new contract, which joins him with the Spanish club until June 2025.
Already in the Box of Honor of the Santiago Bernabéu, it was the president himself, as tradition dictates, who welcomed him to his new home: “From today, Madrid becomes your great challenge. Great clubs in Europe loved you but you have chosen this shirt. It has brought you here your talent, your quality and your struggle. You are a great example of overcoming, your values are those of Real Madrid. “
After the affectionate speech of Florentino Pérez, Ferland Mendy said his first words as a full member of Real Madrid: “It is an honor to be in this club, the biggest in the world. Many thanks to the president for his trust. Hala Madrid! “All this before stepping on the lawn of the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time with the kit of the white team on, where he left the image of the day: kiss to the shield for delirium of the fans.
The final point of the presentation was the meeting with the press. Again in costume to answer the questions of the media and make it clear that for him it has been a surprise to sign for Real Madrid: “At first I did not believe it. It is a great club and being able to sign for this team is something magnificent and fantastic. I hope it goes very well and can win many titles. “
The defender comes to the white team to fight for a position with Marcelo, current second captain of the team. About the Brazilian he was asked by the media: “Physical? “We have not seen each other without a shirt, I do not have much else to say about Marcelo, we'll see each other and talk.” “It will be the coach who decides and who does not,” said the new left-back.
From the wheelchair to the Santiago Bernabéu
When he was 15 years old, the player went through the worst moment of his life. He had to go through surgery due to a problem in his hip and remained practically for a year in a hospital admitted. They came to tell him that he could not play again and that in this time he had to live next to a wheelchair. A nightmare being just a teenager and with many dreams to fulfill.
Ferland Mendy did not hide the serious situation he went through in his presentation as a merengue player: “When I was 15 years old, I had to have hip surgery, they told me I would not play soccer again and I spent six or seven months in the hospital, now I'm in Madrid and it's incredible.” “Everything that happened to me gave me ambition and desire to get here, I've always believed in my dream and now I finally make it come true,” he said excitedly.
Eight years after overcoming his hip problem, Ferland Mendy fulfills his dream of signing for the best club in the world. A great example of struggle, from hearing that he would not play football again to start acquiring mobility from scratch. Now he arrives at Real Madrid to be part of the exciting project led by Florentino Pérez and Zinedine Zidane. A side for the next decade.
(More information: The best images of Ferland Mendy's presentation)