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Real Madrid €80M signing James Rodriguez: Price-tag means nothing to me

James Rodriguez says his move to Real Madrid is a "dream come true".

The former AS Monaco midfielder completed his stunning €80 million switch to Real yesterday.

He told a press conference: "The numbers mean nothing to me. I just want to help make history and bring joy to the Madrid fans.

"This is a club which is used to winning and I'm prepared mentally and physically to do so. It is a pleasure to be among so many stars and I'm sure I'll learn a lot from everyone."

After signing his contract alongside Real president Florentino Perez and being formally presented to the media in the Santiago Bernabeu's presidential box, Rodriguez retreated inside to change into the famous white kit for the first time.

He emerged to a rapturous reception from a 45,000-strong crowd, around a third of whom were wearing Colombia shirts.

Then while he kicked balls into the crowd - as is traditional for new high-profile arrivals to do - he was rushed by several enthusiastic supporters and made a point of embracing them before they were ushered away by security.

Rodriguez added: "I've always followed Real Madrid and always dreamed of playing here.

"I've suffered a lot to get here and when you do that then it tastes so much better.

"I will never forget this day. I hope to work hard, to train well, and to experience a lot of joy here.

"I know I am under a lot of pressure, but I am happy to face it."

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