Mario Hermoso: Atletico Madrid the team for me

New Atletico Madrid defender Mario Hermoso insists he will ‘win respect’ of the club’s fans on the pitch despite his Real Madrid past.

The central defender came through the ranks at Los Blancos before his 2017 move to Espanyol, while Madrid have netted half (€12.5m) of his switch to Atleti this summer.

“We cannot erase his past, what remains is to improve the future and I will win respect on the pitch,” Hermoso insisted, as cited by Marca.

“Since I had the opportunity to come here I did not think about anything or anywhere else, I was very excited and they have shown me a lot of love.

“Since the possibility of coming to Atlético came up, nothing else crossed my mind, I am looking forward to working here and winning trophies.

“Coming here is one of the things I most wanted, since I had the opportunity to come join this wonderful club.

“Both the sports management and my new teammates wanted me to come, and I now cannot wait to start with the team.”

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