Former Real Madrid forward Borja Mayoral is all set to lock horns with the Los Blancos on Saturday and ahead of his trip to his whilom home, the 26-year-old shed light on his final days at the club.
It must be noted that Mayoral began his footballing journey in 2007, joining Real Madrid’s youth academy. After progressing through the ranks, he went on to play his first game for the senior team in the 2015-16 season.
Since the opportunities were fewer, Madrid decided to send him out on loan in 2016. Between 2016 and 2022, Mayoral had four different loan spells with Wolfsburg, Levante, Roma and Getafe. In August last year, he made his Getafe move permanent by signing a five-year deal.
Mayoral excited ahead of Bernabeu return
Ahead of the Real Madrid vs. Getafe fixture, he was asked about his excitement about returning to Santiago Bernabeu, to which he told AS,
“It’s clear, it excites me as a youth player, like any player, and as a football fan that I am. In addition, it will be nice to meet again with colleagues with whom I still have a relationship.”
When asked about his departure, which was sanctioned by Carlo Ancelotti, he explained:
“I started the pre-season with them, but I had one year left on my contract. The club was not convinced that I would continue and Getafe bet heavily on me and I liked that. I was looking for stability and I opted for Getafe. I am happy.”
Real Madrid received €10 million from Mayoral’s sale and while it is not a big amount for the team from the Spanish capital, for Getafe it is. So when asked about the pressure of justifying the tag, he said:
“It creates extra responsibility for you, but it is not negative. In the end, when you grow up in the Real Madrid youth academy, you learn to handle pressure from a young age, and that gives you a positive foundation to face your career.
“They teach you to push yourself to the limit, to always have a winning spirit, and to prepare 100%,” he added.
Lastly, when asked about how is Getafe are approaching the match against Real Madrid, he explained,
“The team is doing well after the last victory. We needed those three points after a difficult start. Scoring always gives you confidence and victories give you extra energy to face the weeks.
“For this reason, we arrived at the Bernabeu motivated with the idea of taking something positive from there,” he concluded.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.