Theo Hernandez is keen to learn from “role model” Marcelo after moving from Atletico Madrid to La Liga rivals Real Madrid.
The 19-year-old signed a six-year contract to make the switch across the Spanish capital for a reported fee of €24million ahead of the new season, leaving his brother Lucas behind at Atleti.
Hernandez said the chance to learn from Brazilian Marcelo was among the reasons behind his decision to make the move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
“He’s the best wing-back in the world and what I’m going to do is work hard, follow his lead and try to get some minutes,” Hernandez said at his unveiling on Monday.
“All of the players will act as role models because they’ve all got the experience. What I’m going to do is follow [Marcelo’s] lead and try to improve day by day alongside him. He’s my role model as I look to become the best wing-back in the world in the future.”
Madrid president Florentino Perez appeared to aim fire at rivals Barcelona as he spoke in front of the media, highlighting that his club had beaten a host of top teams to get Hernandez’s signature.
“You wanted to come here and defend this badge despite other big European clubs wanting to sign you,” Perez told Hernandez at his unveiling. “Your commitment and conviction is something that won’t be forgotten by everyone at Real Madrid.