Jesus Vallejo admits he cannot wait to get started at Real Madrid after the club presented the defender as a first-team player.
The 20-year-old initially signed for Los Blancos from Real Zaragoza for €5m in 2015 but was immediately loaned back to the club for a season before spending a year at Eintracht Frankfurt.
“Playing for Real Madrid is very special and you have to feel proud,” Vallejo explained at his unveiling.
“It is a mixture of feelings; pride at representing the club and also the great responsibility, while I have a great desire to finally play for them.
“I am happy to take on the responsibility (of taking Pepe’s number 3 shirt) – it’s a number that was available and I’m happy with it.
“I chose it and I’m proud to wear the shirt Pepe wore, I’ll try and bring all the values of the club to it, it’s fantastic.”
Vallejo joins a list of Spaniards including Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Morata, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio to have been farmed out by Madrid only to later be brought back into first team action.