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Real Madrid has announced its first winter signing with Brahim incorporation. The Spanish player comes from Manchester City and has been introduced to the media and fans. An event where he told that he had been dreaming on play at Santiago Bernabeu with the white team shirt. But did he say the truth?
Spanish TV show ‘El Chiringuito’ posted a video of Brahim’s interview when he still was at Malaga youth teams at the age of 12. When he was asked about his favourite team, Brahim replied: “Barça”. Next, he is questioned about his idol in football. His answer was clear: “Messi”.
During his presentation, the player said: “Today is the most important day of my life. It is the perfect Three Kings gift. My only three options were to play for Real Madrid, to play for Real Madrid or to play for Real Madrid. I have dreamt of playing for this club since I was a kid”.
Real Madrid has paid Manchester City €17M, and €7M in variables, for his services. The 19-year-old midfielder signed a six-and-a-half-year contract. The youngster has a sensational buyout clause of €750M which is higher than the one of Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Brahim almost signed for Barcelona
The story of this 19-year-old from Malaga, who has been a star since the age of six, is a curious one. By 2011 season, Albert Puig, former responsible for Barcelona youth academy, was about to make a deal with Brahim family. Tough, Malaga owner Al-Thani noticed about Barça will, and made a counteroffer, and the younger remained in his team.
Next year, Barça came back to try to sign Brahim with an official offer, but Malaga requested 300.000 Euro and 4.5M in variables. Finally, was Manchester City who did a step forward Brahim in 2013. On 21 September 2016, Díaz made his first-team debut for City.