Real Madrid Suffers from nerves
Fede Valverde has revealed that he suffers from nerves before matches with Real Madrid.
The Uruguayan midfielder has risen to prominence with Los Blancos of late, but he’s a quiet personality off the pitch.
“I’m shy, I always try to respect people’s space, but I try to enjoy myself to the full on the pitch,” Valverde told Real Madrid TV.
“I think that [nerves] always have to be there. You have to go out with everything. Before the derby with Atletico, I knew I was starting and I was very nervous.
“Casemiro came and asked, ‘are you nervous?’ and I said, ‘no, let’s go’, but he saw my hand and it was shaking.”
Out of all his teammates at Real Madrid, Valverde revealed the special role Casemiro has played in his development.
“I learn from everyone, everyone has a story behind them,” Valverde said.
The midfielders especially come up to you and give you advice and listen to you when something happens.
“With Casemiro, who is South American [like me], he’s at my side, he gives me loads of advice and he helps me a lot. I’m always going to be grateful.”
Valverde is often with his Brazilian teammate at the training ground and revealed the details of a typical day at Valdebebas.
“I arrive, I have breakfast with everyone,” Valverde said. “I chat with most of my teammates and I speak a lot with Casemiro, we joke, he always corrects me, he’s like a father to me,”
“Then, I always give my best in training but there are players that stand out more. [Toni] Kroos never loses the ball. It’s fun to train with them and I always enjoy it.”
As well as Casemiro, Zinedine Zidane is another figure at Real Madrid that helps Valverde.
“It’s brilliant when the boss speaks well of you,” Valverde said.
“He like Casemiro, to start with, helped me to give my best and not be shy about showing everything I have.”
Valverde is enjoying an extended run in the Real Madrid team this season after making his breakthrough in the senior squad.
“I’ve fought a lot with my family and my girlfriend who helps me in lots of things,” Valverde said.
“I want to thank them for everything they’ve done for me and now it’s about moving forward.
“It’s incredible to be playing at such a big club at 21 years of age. You try to enjoy it and make the most of it always knowing where you’ve come from.
“I’m always hungry to keep fighting and achieving great things with the team.”