Real Madrid unveiled their fifth signing ahead of the 2019/20 campaign on Wednesday, and their new player has roots in Africa, with his parents hailing from Senegal and Guinea.
Los Blancos unveiled Ferland Mendy after he joined the club for a fee of €48 million , plus another €5 million in add-ons.
Mendy, who once suffered a career-threatening injury followed by a year in a wheelchair and having to learn how to walk again, signed a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.
“Despite the difficult market, we’re bringing in quality players and today we’re welcoming the best left-back in France of the last two years,” club president Florentino Perez said at his unveiling, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“Dear Ferland, you’ve chosen us and now it’s a new challenge for you. We know many big clubs wanted you across Europe but you wanted us.
“Now Real Madrid is your home. Here we’ll do everything we can to keep you and your family happy.”
Mendy also expressed his excitement at being a Los Blancos player.
“It’s an honour to be here at the greatest club in the world,” he said.
“Thank you to the president and the club to show his confidence in me. Hala Madrid!”
The 24-year-old made 44 appearances for Lyon last season, scoring three goals and assisting another three strikes.
He is Real’s fifth new arrival in this window, following Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard