Real Madrid – La Liga Reflected on his time at Real Madrid
Sergio Reguilon completed a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window after an impressive season on loan at Sevilla, yet the left-back has reflected on his time coming through at Real Madrid with fondness.
In north London, the 23-year-old now works under a former Real Madrid coach in Jose Mourinho, who Reguilon admits he and his family have a lot of admiration for. “I was very young, still a cadete in the academy, and I never had the good fortune of meeting him,” Reguilon told Sky Sports. “But I have great memories of that period. “In my house, we were all big fans of Mourinho. He is a world-class manager and he was very important in my decision to come. “There was a broad market, but as soon as I heard of Tottenham’s interest, it was simple.
“It was a big deal to leave my country, my league and my family, but it has worked out well. “Since I arrived here, the truth is the club has surprised me in a very good way. The training facilities, my team-mates, everything. The stadium is insane. I have really enjoyed it so far.”
Gareth Bale perhaps overshadowed Reguilon’s arrival at Tottenham by sealing a return on loan to the club where he shone before leaving for Real Madrid in 2013, but the Spaniard notes that the Welshman has already been helping him settle in. “I spoke with Bale when I was in Madrid,” Reguilon explained. “He told me what it was like at Tottenham. It was helpful for me to come here with someone who was already a team-mate. I could ask him things, like how certain things were going to work.
“The truth is he helped me a lot and so have the others. Since the first day, all my team-mates have welcomed me very nicely. “They are always coming to me asking if there’s anything I need, or if there’s anything they can do, and they have helped me on the pitch too. “Bit by bit, I am getting to know them more as people, not just as players I know from the PlayStation or the television. Now, they are all in contact with me and I know them better. That really helps.”
When pushed a little more on Bale, Reguilon makes clear that he seems to be more like himself now “He is very happy here and seems more like the person he really is,” he said.
Reguilon is one of the few Real Madrid players that has been able to come up through the academy and make it into the first team, even if he was sent out on loan the season after, and he recognises just how tough it is to succeed at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. “It’s very difficult to go from the academy to the first team at Real Madrid,” Reguilon noted. “You have the best players in the world there and the level needed to get into the squad is very high. You have to believe in yourself, to know how to fight, and to get that little bit of luck that every player needs in his career.
“Real Madrid is the club where I was made, the club where I grew up, and I would be nothing without them. “Leaving was a difficult step to take, but it’s one you have to take at one point or another and, for me, I think it was the right time. “It’s tough to leave your family and everything, but this league, for me, is the best in the world and I am very happy here. Now I just want to focus on trying to help this club win trophies.”