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New Real Madrid defender Odriozola fulfils ‘dream of every football player’

The 22-year-old joined the European champions from Real Sociedad.

Real Madrid’s new signing Alvaro Odriozola said his dream had come true after being unveiled by the club at the Bernabeu Stadium.

Spain defender Odriozola completed a £35.36million move to the European champions from Real Sociedad earlier this month.

“It is an honour for me to be here and fulfil the dream of every football player to sign for Real Madrid,” Odriozola told a media conference.

“I know the responsibility that comes with wearing this shirt and the only thing I can promise is that I will give everything, humility and sacrifice so that our future is successful.

“The last year and a half has been like a movie and I’m now fulfilling the dream of wearing the shirt of the biggest club in the world, that of Real Madrid. It’s a day I’ll never forget and I’ll not let this opportunity pass me by. Hala Madrid!”

Full-back Odriozola progressed through Real Sociedad’s youth system and after an impressive first full season in their starting line-up won a place in Spain’s World Cup squad for Russia 2018.

Real won their third successive Champions League in May – their fourth in five years – with victory over Liverpool, and club president Florentino Perez said the club would never stand still when introducing their latest signing to the media.

“We always want more,” Perez said. “We have a great team, a great squad that is going to be reinforced with great players.

“And that’s why we welcome a player who was wanted by a lot of big clubs, but he was clear where he wanted to play.

“At 22 years old he has been involved in a World Cup and has shown a great level that has brought him to defend the shirt and the badge of Real Madrid.”

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