Real Madrid have chased several forwards over the course of the summer. From Harry Kane to Victor Osimhen, the list went on with Los Blancos desperately of a replacement for Karim Benzema.
In the end, however, Los Blancos could sign only Joselu owing to their plan of signing Kylian Mbappe. The Spaniard linked up with the team earlier this week and will take part in the upcoming preseason tour.
The new signing spoke after the team’s training session earlier this week and opened up about a wide range of topics in his first detailed interview as a Real Madrid player. He began with a brief account of his feelings about returning to his dream club.
“I face my return with a lot of joy. I’m remembering a lot of things I experienced here. Others are new, like colleagues, and I am adapting super fast. I am very happy to be here again.”
Joselu went on to elaborate on the high standards of training and the quality of players at Real Madrid, saying:
“We know the quality of these players and the level of each training. The intensity is maximum and we all want to win in the games. It is an immense joy to share the field with these top players.”
He then went on to speak about the stage of his career he is at and how he has matured over the years since leaving Real Madrid over ten years ago.
“You have to enjoy life. I’m at a time in my career where I enjoy every minute and every second of what’s going on. I’m living a new experience 12 years later,” he said.
“I have matured a lot both personally and professionally. I have a family with children and I see life differently. When I left here I was a boy who fulfilled the dream of debuting with Real Madrid. Now I am a different player, with more experience and experiences that have allowed me to return.”
Despite formally leaving Real Madrid, Joselu added that he had been in touch with several players of the club and has even played with them for the Spanish National Team.
On his relationship with Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez and Lucas Vazquez, the Castilla graduate said:
“Everything is easier with them. We have maintained the relationship since my departure and we have coincided in many moments; they are the ones who are making everything easier for me here. They teach me how this works and it’s very easy.
“Carvajal is special because he is part of my family and I live with him every day. Before I already had a very good relationship with him. Nacho has always been my captain and I have always passed it on to him. Outside I have always told him, that he has been my captain in Castilla.”
“Lucas is my favorite Galician. He is a boy with whom I have shared many moments. In the end, the earth unites us and we always hesitate about it.”
The striker will travel with Carlo Ancelotti’s squad to the United States of America for the pre-season tour this week and emphasised that the overseas tour evoked many memories of his Castilla days.
“It’s a lot of memories. I remember when I signed for Castilla, that a month they told me that I had to do the tour with the team and it was something new for me. That is going to bring back a lot of memories now.”
“It is an incredible experience, we have very nice matches and that Madrid visits the United States will be very satisfying for the people there. I can’t wait for it to start.”
The former Espanyol star will be Ancelotti’s only option to cover the number 9 role in the coming season, and it is clear that he will have a big part to play in leading Real Madrid’s attack. Speaking about his interaction with the manager, he said,
“Ancelotti tells me to be myself. What I have done in recent years is what has brought me here. He has asked me to load the area as he is a reference striker. I’m adapting a little to the training, to the way the team plays and to my new teammates.”
Finally, the 33-year-old commented on the Merengues being his dream club and his fortune to get a chance to return home.
“For me, Real Madrid is the team of my life. I have always been from Real Madrid and I was lucky enough to make my debut in the First Division at the Santiago Bernabéu with this shirt.”
Source: Real Madrid website
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”