Ronaldo is star Madrid attraction: Illarramendi
Madrid: New Real Madrid signing Asier Illarramendi feels that Cristiano Ronaldo is the "star attraction" at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The midfielder was showcased to fans on Saturday following his €32 million move from Real Sociedad on a six-year deal and it has not taken long for him to shower praise on the Ballon d`Or-winning Portuguese winger.
"Madrid have amazing footballers, but I think Ronaldo is the star attraction," he said to his new club`s official website. "He’s incredible, the best in the world and we need to go all out with him. Let’s hope we have a great year, full of successes."
Illarramendi has pledged to give 100 per cent in a Blancos shirt and hopes that the presence of Spain Under-21 team-mates in Carlo Ancelotti`s side will help him settle in with ease this summer.
"I think I’m someone who gives my all every day and who tries to get better every day," the 23-year-old added. "On the pitch I also try my heart out.
"How things turn out well depends on many factors, but it won’t ever be for lack of effort. When I go out to play I try to do my best, with the best possible attitude.
"I know some players from the national team already and that will help me adjust. They are good friends and I think between us all the team will be great."