“I am very pleased and happy,” he told As. “This is a special moment for me and a big step in my career. I will try to do my best to impress the boss [del Bosque]. I want to enjoy this and learn from my team-mates, who are my and many other people’s idols. It’s a pity Iker Casillas is out. We all know he is our captain and a legend but I’m happy to be here, even if it’s because of his injury.”
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