Federico Valverde has made it clear that he will never join Barcelona because of the values he has learned at Real Madrid and the respect he has for his fans.
Valverde signed with the Royals in 2016, and this came after spending a season on Real Madrid’s reserve squad.
The Uruguayan midfielder spoke of his respect for his team and his preference over Barcelona, his teammates in midfield and his former coach Zinedine Zidane.
What did Valverde say?
“Real Madrid is special, they changed my life,” Wolverte told El Larguero.
He continued: “I’m from Penarol, but I’m known to have worn the best team shirt in the world since I came here. It’s a lot of pressure and responsibility, but I enjoy it.”
He continued: “For the respect of Real Madrid and the values they have given me, I will not play for Barcelona, for the badge that gives me life and love, and for the values I have taken.”
What did he say about Mbappe?
While discussing the Paris Saint-Germain exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League, Valverde continued to praise Kylian Mbabane’s talent.
“Mbappe was a competitor to me and to me he was a great player,” Valverde added.
He continued, “Despite being young, at the same time expressing experience as an old man, and with unique traits, he is a great player and an unbearable enemy, which is a sight to behold.”
He added: “The match against Paris Saint-Germain is unique.
What did he say about his teammates in Real Madrid’s midfield?
In response to Wolverhampton’s question, he felt that the Uruguayan player was waiting for Modric and Cruz to retire, and that he admired them and learned a lot from them.
He said: “I admire Motrick and Cruise.”
He continued: “I learned a lot from Motrich to win and play in every game, be it the Champions League, the League or the Kings Cup.
He added: “From Cruz, I could feel the peace of mind he has in every game, he’s German in everything.
He added: “Also, Casimiro’s aggression brings me back to the reaction of those coming from South America to fight to the last for every ball.”
What did he say about his time with his former coach Zinedine Zidane?
“I try to do what I can every day,” he said.
He continued: “I’ve improved a lot since I came to Real Madrid, not only as a player, but also as a person in many things we have not seen on the pitch, such as leisure and psychological work.”
He concluded: “There are many things that made me grow as a footballer. My best condition was with Zidane. When I played in series without injuries, I was there when the team needed me.”
Real Madrid are set to face Barcelona in the 29th round of the Spanish League next Sunday.
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