The teenage midfielder expressed his delight after being formally unveiled at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Real Madrid’s newest signing Reinier says he would like to be a part of Real Madrid’s illustrious history following”fulfilling a lifelong dream”.
The 18-year-old completed a $35 million (#29m/$38m) proceed to Santiago Bernabeu from Flamengo on January 20, committing to a six-year contract with the 13-time European champions.
The Brazil U17 international will join with Madrid’s Castilla side before the end of the present campaign, with a view to stepping up to the first team later in the year.
Reinier climbed through the youth ranks at Flamengo before graduating to the senior squad in 2019 and went on to score six goals in 14 appearances for the club.
The teenage midfielder picked up a league title and a Copa Libertadores winners’ medal with the Brazilian outfit last season and was also included in their final group for the Club World Cup in Qatar.
Reinier will now tread the same path as fellow countrymen Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, both of whom left their homeland to join Madrid in a similarly youthful age.
“I’m living a childhood dream, I wish to be part of the terrific history at this bar,” Reinier said at his unveiling. “Due to the president, managers and loved ones who always believed I could get here.
“Today is a day of great joy for me. Hala Madrid!”
Madrid president Florentino Perez was filled with praise for Reinier in his official presentation and took the opportunity to reiterate the club’s transfer policy, which centers around targeting the very best young players in soccer.
“One of our approaches is the hunt for talent throughout the world, searching for the wonderful amounts of tomorrow,” Perez began.
“When a new player arrives in this club, it’s something which excites us. He’s only just turned 18 but has been able to conquer the Copa Libertadores in a wonderful club like Flamengo.
“Reinier, you’re a Real Madrid player, the team you chose to use in video games, the club of your childhood dreams.
“We are living another day because a participant that arouses us has arrived, at only 18 years old he’s already won the Copa Libertadores with among the world’s clubs.
“You’re one of the emerging stars of world football, congratulations because now many of your footballing dreams are coming true, the amazing challenges of your lifetime await you.”
The Madrid chief concluded by asserting Zinedine Zidane’s recent harvest will continue to fight for La Liga and Champions League success with complete force between now and May.
The Blancos hold a one-point lead over arch-rivals Barcelona from the Spanish title race, and have a last 16 tie against Manchester City to anticipate in Europe’s elite competition.
“Real Madrid will last to give everything to get the League and the Champions League, since nobody ever gives up here,” Perez added. “It is the way of life of the millions of Real Madrid players”