Croatian starlet Mateo Kovacic was unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Wednesday and has revealed why he signed for the Spanish giants.
The 21-year-old was something of a surprise signing and joined the club for a reported fee of £22.5 million.
The midfielder expressed his delight at joining Los Blancos and explained to members of the press why he joined Real.
“Because Madrid is the biggest club in the world. I had no doubts. I am very happy to be here,” he told reporters at his unveiling.
“I have high hopes for myself and the whole team. Hala Madrid!”[post_ad]
Florentino Perez took the opportunity to welcome Kovacic to the club and also gave him a bit of advice.
“Being a part of this club is a privilege,” he said. “One that also brings with it great responsibility, dedication, effort and sacrifice.
“Your country, Croatia, loves football, and you are the fifth Croat to join Real Madrid.
“This is now your home. This club will be by your side and the fans will support you all the way if you give your all for this badge, as your international team-mate Luka Modric has done.
“We’re sure you’re going to help us to keep on improving and that with your talent and dedication, you’ll experience something unique; the thrill of going down in Real Madrid’s great history.
“Welcome to your new home, welcome to Real Madrid”.
The midfielder made 80 appearances for Inter Milan, scoring five goals and assisting a further 10 strikes.