Real Madrid youngster Achraf Hakimi has revealed his delight at making his first team debut on Sunday.
With Dani Carvajal ruled out through heart problems, Zinedine Zidane called on the 18-year-old right back to feature from the start against Espanyol at the Bernabeu.
And, the full-back has shared his delight after the 2-0 victory over Quique Sanchez Flores’ side.
“I received a phone call from the Coach to tell me I would be playing,” Achraf is quoted as telling reporters by Marca.
“He advised me to stay calm during the game and honestly this is a day I will never forget – it was a very happy day for me to make my debut at the best club in the world.
“I’ve had a lot of help from my teammates and colleagues to help me reach this level and I have worked very hard, but they all make it easier.”
Born in Madrid to parents of Moroccan descent – Achraf has been capped by the Moroccan national side on three occasions.
Madrid have been fairly subdued in their start to the season, failing to win at home so far but they had Isco to thanks for a good three points against Espanyol.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the creator for Isco’s first goal, before the midfielder would finish off a good move involving Marco Asensio.
The visitors did have chances to get in the game through Gerard Moreno, but he found it hard to find his shooting boots, hitting the post following a Casemiro mistake.
The home side dominated the game throughout, but chances from the visitors still came as Marc Navarro came close in the second half.
Isco almost netted a hat-trick as he forced Pau Lopez into a good save, whilst Sergio Ramos came close with a header, which narrowly went over the crossbar.
The victory sees Real Madrid get themselves back to relatively good form, but they still sit seven points off league leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona, who beat Las Palmas 3-0 at the Camp Nou earlier in the day.