James Rodriguez’s transfer to Real Madrid was made official in the afternoon of 22nd July and he was presented to the board of directors and the public later in the evening.
Speaking to the press after his presentation, he said:
I have always been a Madridista and Zidane has always been my idol. I know there is a lot of pressure on me but I am ready.
(To Colombia) This is the moment I had always dreamt of. I can make history here. I know that I’m under a lot of pressure but I am prepared to face it. Here there is always the desire to win, mostly the Champions League. There is a lot to learn and we must learn to live with it. I hope this dream ends well.
(The negotiations) I did everything in my power to be here because this is what I wanted. I’ve come here to help.
(The goal against Uruguay) Before that we were already following me and we spoke of it. The goal was an added bonus and it energised me.
(Idols) I’ve always admired Zidane.
(Position) I’m comfortable playing wherever the manager decides. In the centre, the right or the left.
(Third most expensive player in Madrid) I am not speaking numbers. I only want to help make history and bring joy to the Real Madrid fans.
(Number 10) It’s a number I’ve always been used to, but here I would play even with 100. Hopefully I can win titles.
(Competition) It is good for me and to play alongside many stars. I’m sure that I will learn a lot.
(Vacation) I arrive on the 1st and hope to start training on that day.
(First memory) Zidane, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos. I’ve always been for Madrid and have always dreamed to be here.
(Falcao to Madrid) He hasn’t told me anything. I don’t talk about it either. Falcao is a great striker and could play here but that is a decision of the club.
(Wish with the peers) They’re all great people and it would be great being by their side. I hope to be happy and get to win titles.
(Porto) There will always be one winner in Portugal and I wish them many titles.
(Family) I wish to thank all those who are close to me.
(Starting XI role) I don’t come with it. I only want to train well and take my chances.
(Kroos) He has a lot of quality but it’s not just him. Everyone who is here has a winning mentality.
(Sensation of stepping up on the Bernabeu pitch) There are no words to describe it. I dream to win here and to be here always.
(SuperCopa) I will train but it is the coach’s decision.
(Religion) I am a believer. I ask for talent and the strength to face what is in front of me. It has helped me in my career.