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Jovic Proud of Joining Real Madrid, Wants to Win Champions League

MADRID – Serbia striker Luka Jovic spoke of his enthusiasm at becoming a Real Madrid player when he met the press for the first time at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium’s facilities, following a trouble-free medical check-up and official presentation to fans on Wednesday.

The club’s director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño, attended the press conference and briefly welcomed Jovic at the beginning of the press conference, paying tribute to the new player’s talent and wishing him success at the club.

“Stepping out at the Bernabeu gives an incredible feeling, and it’s a great pleasure for me to be here today,” said Jovic.

Nonetheless, the 21-year-old forward seemed to be timid, giving short answers to journalists’ questions, akin to his brief speech in the presentation event with the club’s president, Florentino Perez.

“You can say I’m timid but I do not want to talk about that,” he said. “I’d like to win the Champions (League).”

Jovic said he had yet to speak with the team’s French head coach, Zinedine Zidane, but he intended to give his everything as he will have to learn much about the capital side and Madrid’s excellent players.

“I will not say a number of goals (I will score but) I will try my best in every game,” the young Serbia player revealed, stressing that he could play in a formation with a lone striker or two. Jovic also paid special tribute to the team’s veteran French forward, Karim Benzema.

“Benzema is one of the best forwards in the world. When he arrived (here in Madrid), I was 11 years old and I hope to learn a lot from him,” he said.

“The competition is going to be very high but with the effort I can have an opportunity, and if I have it and I’ll take it. If I do not, (then) it’s my fault.”

Jovic also said that he does not pay attention to any side talk or rumors, saying: “I (only) focus on playing.”

He then expressed his feelings when he stepped out to the Bernabeu pitch for the first time, clad in Real Madrid famed white jersey, to salute the team’s fans just after the presentation event.

As for Belgium play maker and star Eden Hazard, who will be presented Thursday as another of Madrid’s new signings, Jovic said Hazard is one of the best players in the world and it would be a pleasure to share the locker room with him.

Earlier in the day, Jovic successfully passed medical tests before he attended his presentation event along with the club’s president Florentino Perez, who praised the Serbian international striker.

“A striker who claimed several achievements in Europe is now a part of the great family of Real Madrid,” Perez said. “We welcome Luka Jovic.”

“You arrive at the most honored club in the world, only at the age of 21,” the club’s president added, referring to the record 13 crowns Madrid clinched in the European elite club competition, UEFA Champions League.

On June 4, Madrid announced the Jovic deal; which is a six-season contract with the club, coming from Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt, where Jovic notched a total of 27 goals and made seven assists in 48 appearances across the 2018/2019 season.

Despite his young age, to-date Jovic has played for a number of well-known clubs such as; Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade, Portugal’s SL Benfica and Frankfurt.

He won a total of eight honors thus far; two Serbian SuperLiga crowns (2013/14 and 2015/16), two Portuguese League titles (2015/16 and 2016/17), the 2017/18 German Cup, the 2016/17 Portuguese Cup, the 2016 Portuguese Super Cup and 2015/16 Portuguese League Cup.

 

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