Illarra: Time now to work hard

Asier Illarramendi has reflected once more on his transfer to Real Madrid and on the ‘interesting challenge’ that joining the club represents.

The 23-year-old completed a €39m transfer from Real Sociedad this week on a six-year contract and was yesterday presented to the media.

On from that, the player has further reflected on how the move represents a step up in his career.

“It’s clear that Real Madrid is the best club in the world – they’ve proved it over the years,” reflected Illarramendi in conversation with his new club’s official website.

“The President and his entire board of directors made a massive effort so that I can be here today and there’s nothing more I can do than thank them as well as all the fans who gave me such an incredible welcome.

“The increased media attention? The truth is that it changes my life a bit – I’m from a town of 5,000 people and moving to the capital won’t be easy.

“It will be a pretty big change, but I’m not afraid. You have to face big changes in your life and it’s an interesting challenge. So I hope that it all goes well for both me and the club.”

The midfielder reflected on his new teammates.

“Madrid have great players, but I think that the reference point is Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s a great player, the best in the world and you have to be at your best to try and stop him.

“I hope that this year everything goes well and we are very successful.

“My approach? Well, the truth is that I’m a fairly calm guy and I haven’t had any trouble the last few nights.

“I had a harder time now with the presentation – it made me a little nervous. But its fine, everything went well.

The fans, the Real Madrid directors, the presents and everyone has given me a wonderful welcome. I’m very happy to be here, the fans have given me a warm welcome but this is just the beginning. Now it’s time to work hard.”

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