- Title: Theo Hernandez crosses great divide from Atletico to sign for Real Madrid
- Date: 10th July 2017
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (JULY 10, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** REAL MADRID PRES PRESIDENT FLORENTINO PEREZ AND REAL MADRID LEFT BACK THEO HERNANDEZ ARRIVING TO UNVEILING CEREMONY VARIOUS OF CEREMONY IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID PRESIDENT FLORENTINO PEREZ SAYINHG: "Dear Theo, congratulations because you are now a Real Madrid player because of your talent, because what you have shown despite your young age and because your personality. You wanted to wear this shirt overall and to defend this shield although big clubs in Europe, as we all now, wanted you too. Your firmness and conviction are gestures Real Madrid supporters will never forget." VARIOUS OF PEREZ AND HERNANDEZ POSING WITH REAL MADRID SHIRT VARIOUS OF PEREZ AND HERNANDEZ POSING WITH HIS FAMILY AND CLUB OFFICIALS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID LEFT BACK THEO HERNANDEZ SAYING: "I want to thank the fans a lot because of their welcome, thanks a lot to all the players for how they welcomed me and I want to say I am very happy to be here at the best club of the world. I came here to learn from the best players of the world, from Real Madrid and to win a lot of titles all together. I just want to thank to all and C'mon Madrid" FANS CHEERING AT SANTIAGO BERNABEU STADIUM HERNANDEZ COMING OFF TO PITCH AND WAVING HERNANDEZ POSING WITH BALL AND JUGGLING VARIOUS OF HERNANDEZ THROWING BALL TO FANS FANS CHEERING HERNADEZ THROWING BALL HERNANDEZ WALKING AND WAVING FANS HOLDING SIGN READING (Spanish) "Theo kiss the shield" HERNANDEZ CLAPPING TO FANS HERNANDEZ AND REAL MADRID DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS EMILIO BUTRAGUENO ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID LEFT BACK THEO HERNANDEZ SAYING: "I have a lot of hope and I'm very happy to be at the best club of the world. I have seen the fans that are always with us and I want to thank them for being here at my presentation. Now what I have to do is to learn from the best players of the world that are here. I will be sharing locker room with them." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID LEFT BACK THEO HERNANDEZ SAYING: "When you are young, every child supports a team and what you want is to reach the first division. I was at Atletico (Madrid), they have been great with me but now I am here. Why did I choose Real Madrid? Because it's the best club of the world and I know that I will succeed." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID LEFT BACK THEO HERNANDEZ SAYING: "I have to train day by day, be humble and follow the steps of my example, who as I said before is Marcelo. If I keep learning from him on the future I might be the best left back of the world." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS HERNANDEZ AND BUTRAGUENO LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM
- Embargoed: 24th July 2017 23:36
- Keywords: Theo Hernandez
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016P4XQGV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Real Madrid unveiled left back Theo Hernandez on Monday (July 10) as a new member of Los Blancos for the 2017-2018 season.
Presented by President Florentino Perez, the French teenager, who formerly was owned by Madrid city rivals Atletico Madrid, said Atletico had treated him very well but he finally chose Los Blancos because they are the best team in the world.
Hernandez had a superb season at Alaves on loan from Atletico and his signature for 30 million euros is a coup.
Theo, whose brother Lucas plays for Atletico and their father Jean-Francois also turned out for the club, became the first player to cross the divide between Atletico and Real Madrid in 17 years.
The France Under-20 international joined Atletico in 2008 aged 11 but never made a first team appearance for the side.
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