Real Madrid confirm the signing of midfielder Lucas Silva
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva has been officially unvieled as a Real Madrid player following his £9.7 million from Cruzeiro. The 21-year old midfielder was introduced to the media and the club's fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Monday afternoon after passing the medical at the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital.
Silva has signed 5-and-a-half year deal with the European Champions which keeps him at the Bernabeu until June 2020. Real Madrid President Florentino Perez welcomed him,
“Your spirit, dedication and enthusiasm will make us even stronger. What's more, you have come here at a very important stage of the season” he said, “The search for talent, quality and sacrifice has resulted in the addition to the team of a player with huge potential for the present and the future, and who is from a country where football is a religion”.
“One of Brazil's best midfielders joins us today and he is eager to get going. Dear Lucas, you have come to Real Madrid at just 21 years of age having won the league title in your country. You were instrumental in helping Cruzeiro to important victories and all I ask of you is that from today onwards you give it your all for this shirt and this badge”.
“You have come to our club today because we are convinced you are a player capable of dealing with the highest level of expectations. Thank you for sharing your dreams. Today you begin your new life as a Real Madrid player. I know that being here was your big dream and that brings us great satisfaction. Lucas Silva, from today on this is your new home. Welcome to Real Madrid”.
The highly rated youngster spoke for the first time after completing his transfer,
"This is a dream come true," said Silva. "I am delighted to be here." He added, “I thank God, the Cruzeiro and Real Madrid presidents and everyone who helped make this happen”.
"I am really happy and motivated. I've come to Real Madrid to learn and above all else to help. I feel good and am ready to honour this shirt, which belongs to the best club in the world”.
"I've liked Real Madrid every since I was a child, I'm really happy to be in the city and I'm certain that I will live very well here."