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Mendy honoured to join Zidane's Real Madrid

SHOTLIST MADRID, SPAINJUNE 19, 2019SOURCE: AFPTV IMAGES (01:48): 1. Mid shot new Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy arriving on the pitch 2. Wide shot Ferland Mendy posing for cameras 3. Tilt up Ferland Mendy 4. Wide shot Ferland Mendy playing with ball 5. Mid shot Ferland Mendy 6. Wide shot Ferland Mendy kicking balls to the people in the stands 7. Mid shot Ferland Mendy kicking balls to the people in the stands 8. Wide shot Ferland Mendy scoring a penalty 9. Zoom in Ferland Mendy taking a selfie 10. Mid shot Ferland Mendy kicking balls to people in the stands 11. Close-up Ferland Mendy kissing Real Madrid shield 12. Mid shot Ferland Mendy leaving 13. Mid shot Ferland Mendy arriving at the press conference 14. Wide shot press conference 15. Mid shot press conference 16. Mid shot Ferland Mendy leaving 17. SOUNDBITE 1 - Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid's new left-back (male, French, 14 sec): "It's very emotional to come to the biggest club in the world and be able to wear these colours and I hope to win as many titles as possible, as many things as possible with Real Madrid." "C'est une très grosse sensation de venir dans le plus gros club du monde et de pouvoir porter ces couleurs là et j'espère gagner un maximum de titres, un maximum de choses avec le Real." 18. SOUNDBITE 2 - Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid's new left-back (male, French, 21 sec): "At first, I didn't believe it, because it's a very big club, to be able to sign here. They were very happy and very happy for me and they didn't get over it for a long time, but I'm here and I hope to be happy here." "Directement, j'y ai pas cru, parce que c'est un très grand club, et de pouvoir signer ici, je leur ai dit, ils étaient très heureux et très satisfaits pour moi et il s'en est pas remis pendant longtemps, mais je suis là et j'espère être bien ici." 19. SOUNDBITE 3 - Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid's new left-back (male, French, 24 sec): "I wouldn't say difficulties, but I would just say that it gave me the desire, the determination, to get here and I never gave up and I always believed in my dream. And today my dream is coming true, to be part of the biggest team in the world." "Je ne dirais pas des difficultés, mais je dirais juste que ça m'a donné de l'envie, de la détermination, pour arriver jusqu'ici et j'ai jamais lâché et j'ai toujours cru en mon rêve, et mon rêve aujourd'hui se réalise, de faire partie de la plus grosse écurie du monde." 20. SOUNDBITE 4 - Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid's new left-back (male, French, 15 sec): "Let's say why not, they are top level, top players, they are very good football players, we didn't necessarily talk about it, the only person I talked to about Real Madrid was Varane and he plays here. " "On va dire pourquoi pas, après c'est des top niveaux, top joueurs, c'est des très bons joueurs de football, après on en a pas forcément parlé, la seule personne avec qui j'ai parlé du Real Madrid c'était Varane et il joue ici. " ///-----------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: Mendy honoured to join Zidane's Real Madrid =(Picture)= Madrid, June 19, 2019 (AFP) - Ferland Mendy has said it will be an honour to play for a "legend" like Zinedine Zidane after Real Madrid's new left-back was unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Madrid paid 50 million euros to sign the French defender from Lyon as Zidane continues to revamp his squad after the disappointments of last season. Mendy joins Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Rodrygo in moving to Madrid as part of a 300-million summer spending spree ahead of the new season. "It's an honour to be around a football legend like Zidane," Mendy said at a press conference. "I followed him when I was little, I know very well what he did during his career and it is a great pleasure to be able to work with him." Mendy had earlier signed his contract in the club's boardroom and posed for photographs in front of Madrid's 13 European Cups. The 24-year-old came through the youth system at Paris Saint-Germain but an arthritic hip threatened to cut short his career. Instead, he moved to Le Havre before joining Lyon for just 5 million euros in 2017."When I was 15 years old, I had an operation on my hip," Mendy said. "They told me I was not going to play football again. "I spent some time in a wheelchair, and six or seven months in the hospital to be able to walk again and now I am at Real Madrid. It's really incredible." Club president Florentino Perez said: "We have brought you here because of the quality, talent, work and fight that have all characterised your life." Despite his hefty price tag, Mendy is not guaranteed a starting spot under Zidane, with fellow left backs Marcelo and Sergio Reguilon both still in the squad.As well as Zidane, he joins French compatriots Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema at his new club. "Varane told me that it was the biggest club in the world," Mendy added. "He said he'll help me to integrate into the group and in the dressing room. "I am very happy to play for the best team in the world and to be able to wear this shirt. I hope to win many titles here."ta/dmc -------------------------------------------------------------

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