An hour before Atlético de Madrid landed in Madrid from Singapore, Gelson Martins was presented at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, and immediately noted that he was very happy to be working for Diego Simeone.
As usual, Enrique Cerezo was in charge of proceedings.
"We sign a footballer who, despite his youth, already has a great deal of experience," the president said.
"Here Portuguese players have become legends and we are sure that you will give everything for these colours."
The player's response was reciprocal.
"I am very happy to be at Atletico and I'm here to do my job: play football and contribute to the team.
"I'm going to add hard work and will help Atletico win match by match."
Simeone's influence was important to get the deal over the line, and the Portuguese is looking forward to some healthy competition.
"The coach's message was very important to me and he said I could add value to the team," Martins continued.
"All the players are very good, but the coach thinks I have special characteristics and that's why I came."
"Since I arrived, I have worked very hard and with quality, and that will help me in the way I play, which is why I am very happy to work with Simeone."
Unveiling him at the Wanda, the player spoke about what will be his new home.
"I have already felt the atmosphere that is here and that weighed on my decision," he added.
"I hope to succeed in this stadium."