September 23, 2019
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Inspired Areola hopes for a great season with Real Madrid

Madrid, Sep 13 (efe-epa).- France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was thrilled during his presentation as a Real Madrid player on Friday for getting to wear the No. 1 jersey, like Iker Casillas.

Areola said that Casillas had inspired him to become a goalkeeper like him.

“I have talked about taking the number one spot with my friends and family,” Areola said during his first presser after the contract signing.

“It means a lot here and an idol of my childhood Casillas had it, and I have got some of his jerseys.”

He signed his loan contract in the boardroom of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium with President Florentino Perez.

Areola appeared before the media in the press room, where he promised to work hard to show that he is not just a substitute for Belgium goalie Thibaut Courtois.

“Right now I am not thinking about being a substitute. It is a happy day for me, to join a great team and contemplate the history that this great club has,” Areola said.

“We are the two goalkeepers and the first contact has been very good.

“There are always opportunities in football and when they come, I will have to demonstrate my level.”

The 26-year-old Areola said that his aim is to spare no effort in trainings to be ready whenever he is needed.

“I have to be strong and show everything I have got,” Areola stressed.

“Zidane has welcomed me very well, and as you know, what the two of us have discussed will not leave the changing room.”

Areola underscored that being under Zidane’s leadership is important to him in this step he has taken.

“It is true that joining a club coached by a legend like Zidane, for me is an honor, to play under him and I will give everything,” the French international added.

Areola denied talking about his future in Real Madrid with his national teammates Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba.

“The only thing I have said to Mbappe is that I hope he will recover soon from his injury and we will see what happens in the future,” Areola explained.

“He has his story, I have mine, and I am going to write a great story with Real Madrid.

“I did not get the chance to speak with Pogba when the French team got together because I was injured.

“I know him well, he has always been my captain.”

Earlier in September, Real Madrid announced it had reached an agreement with Paris Saint Germain over the transfer of Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas to the French side and the arrival of Alphonse Areola to the Spanish club on loan.

On the final day of the summer transfer window, a revolution in the goalkeeping position took place at Madrid with the departure of Navas after a five-season stint and the signing of Areola, who was part of the French squad that won the FIFA World Cup.

Areola returned to Spanish soccer, where he played for Villarreal four years ago, during the 2015/2016 season.

He leaves the French club with 11 titles under his belt.

“I have seen the trophies in the boardroom and seeing all those titles in person makes you want to get more titles and Champions Leagues with Real Madrid,” Areola said.

“To achieve this, you have to work hard, be competitive and achieve the goals at the end of the season.” EFE


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