La Liga: Left-back Ferland Mendy honoured to join Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid
Left-back Ferland Mendy has taken Real Madrid's spending in the summer transfer window past 300 million euros as club rebuilds after disapppointment of last season.
Real Madrid's new left-back Ferland Mendy sings praises of manager Zinedine Zidane at unveiling
Real Madrid paid 50 million euros to sign the French defender Ferland mendy from Lyon in revamping of squad
Ferland Mendy joins Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Rodrygo in moving to Madrid as part of a 300-million summer spending spree
Madrid: 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.
"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."
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