Jimenez wants to make Atleti history

Raul Jimenez is targeting a place in the record books after completing his move from Club America to Atletico Madrid.

AS has interviewed the Mexico striker, who has moved to Vicente Calderon for a reported €11m, having played against Atletico for America earlier in the summer.

Jimenez was under no illusions about the size of the step up he is making by joining the champions but is keen to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Hugo Sanchez.

“This is a dream for me. I’m in one of the most important Leagues in the world,” he said.

“I can provide the professionalism I have acquired with America, since I joined the club in 1997. Working 100% is something that is very clear and I will prove.

“I know Mexican players have played at the club, like Sanchez, and I also want to make my own history, goals and achievements and I want to do give my best to Spanish football.

“It’s a big club and now comes a major challenge for me. It’s a great team and Atletico will be stronger.”

Atletico President Enrique Cerezo had predicted Jimenez would fall in love with the club, and the 23-year-old said he already had.

“Of course I’m in love. Give me a chance to show what I can do on the pitch. I always work for the team, never hide and you can depend on me,” Jimenez added.

“I’ll work hard to earn a spot. It’s true that I’m going to a team with good players but I will endeavour to play often.”

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