Ferland Mendy has admitted that he’s honoured to join such a prestigious club in Real Madrid after joining for £49million.
The French left-back was presented at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday lunchtime and gave a short speech before taking to the pitch.
‘It’s an honour to be at the best club in the world,’ Mendy said.
Real Madrid signings
Rodrygo (Santos, £40m)
Eder Militao (Porto, £43m)
Luka Jovic (Frankfurt, £62m)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea, £150m)
Ferland Mendy (Lyon, £49m)
‘Thank you to the president for his trust and to the club. Hala Madrid!’
Club president Florentino Perez was the first to speak to a room filled with Mendy’s family and with club ambassadors such as Roberto Carlos among others.
‘We’ve been through truly exciting days. We want to elevate the history of Real Madrid,’ Perez said.
‘Three Champions Leagues in a row and four in five years are in the heart of Madridismo. It’s a feat achieved by these players.
‘It has to continue. This club has improvement in its genetics. Today is another great day.
‘We welcome someone who has been named the best left-back in the French league by his fellow professionals: Ferland Mendy.
After a disappointing campaign saw them finish without a trophy, Zidane was determined to undertake a major overhaul of the squad to close the gap on rivals.
Mendy has spent just two seasons at Lyon after joining from Le Havre in 2017, making 79 appearances and scoring three times.
He earned his first senior call-up for the French team in November 2018, making his debut against Uruguay.
He was in Didier Deschamps’ squad for this month’s fixtures with Turkey and Andorra.
With Marcelo seemingly out of favour since Zidane returned to take over from Santiago Solari, Mendy will look to establish himself as a starting left back next season.