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Odriozola: “You just can’t say no to the greatest club in history”

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Real Madrid unveiled their new right-back Alvaro Odriozola this Wednesday. The young defender delivered some interesting quotes during the press conference and appeared to be a mature man ready to contribute and give his very best for the sake of the club.

“Today I’m fulfilling a dream and I couldn’t be happier to have signed for the biggest club in the world and in history. It’s something indescribable. Something that happens once in a lifetime and I’m very happy to be here. I want to enjoy every moment and nothing else,” said Odriozola, who left Real Sociedad after Real Madrid spent €40 million to trigger his release clause.

Odriozola will be competing with Dani Carvajal for a spot in the starting lineup and he knows that this competition will only help Real Madrid.

“When you come to Real Madrid you know that you’re up against the biggest competition. In this case it’s Carvajal, who is a reference for me and I have a lot of respect for him. I’ve come to fight for the position, to give the best of myself, and Real Madrid will benefit. I’ve come to succeed and give 100% for this shirt. Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world and in history, so you can’t say no. The decision was simple. I consider myself a very ambitious person and this is the biggest challenge possible. I want to give 100%, enjoy every moment from a demanding position,” said the defender.

Odriozola will wear number 19 for Real Madrid.

“The 19 was an easy choice because I had it at Real Sociedad and it was lucky for me. It’s special to me. As for pre-season, I started training today and this afternoon I’ll do it with the team. In order to adapt to the city, the team and the changing room as soon as possible, I decided to cut short my holidays to get started,” he explained confirming that he will be with the team sooner than anticipated.

Finally, the defender was also asked about Cristiano Ronaldo.

“He’s a Real Madrid legend. We’ve a lot of respect for him. But we must look to the future, a new era begins. In the changing room we’ve got the best in the world and it’ll be a very nice experience,” concluded Odriozola.