Munir: It is a dream come true
After Barcelona Elche match Munir El Haddadi said: I didn't expect to make me debut so soon. It's a dream come true, I am honoured
In his post-match interview, El Haddadi spoke about the win and his debut. "I didn’t expect to make me debut so soon, but the pre-season was key for me getting this opportunity. It's a dream come true, I’m honoured. I didn't sleep at all last night because I was so nervous. It's normal, although just being named to the squad would have been incredible. I work hard every day to improve and give my best for the team. I'm very happy with my debut and the win. I'm proud to have scored here at the Camp Nou with these players, including Messi.
"I don't like talking to TV that much, nor being the protagonist, but I'd like to dedicate this to my parents and siblings."
Munir went on to add that after being subbed out, manager Luis Enrique told him, “that’s good, keep it up," and in is constantly telling the players to work and improve.
"He asks us to work, work and get better every time. Since I was a kid, I've liked to run, that's why I'm always pressing.
"Hopefully I can continue working in this same form."
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Munir El Haddadi Mohamed
Born 1 September 1995
Height 1.75 m
He born in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid of Moroccan descent, Munir scored 32 goals in 29 matches playing for CF Rayo Majadahonda's Cadete A team, on loan from Atlético Madrid, after impressing in a trial in 2010. As a result he attracted interest from a number of sides such as Real Madrid and Manchester City, but signed for FC Barcelona's youth academy the following summer.
Munir made his UEFA Youth League debut against Ajax U19 where he scored two goals. He scored braces against Milan U19 and Copenhagen U19, finishing the tournament scoring 11 goals in 10 matches. He scored a brace in the final against Benfica U19.
In the beginning of 2014, he was linked to a number of clubs including Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. In 3 March 2014, he extended his contract with the club keeping him with the club until June 2017 with a release clause of €12 million which will increase to €35 million if he joins the first team.
After being an unused substitute against CD Tenerife and Deportivo La Coruña, Munir made his professional debut for FC Barcelona B on 2 March 2014, in a 1–2 away win against RCD Mallorca in a second division, coming as a 72nd-minute substitute for Sandro Ramírez. He scored his first goal as a senior player in a 2–1 home win against Girona FC on 19 April.
On 24 August 2014, Munir made his official debut for the first team in La Liga, against Elche CF at the Camp Nou. He started the match and scored the second goal of an eventual 3–0 win before being substituted after 67 minutes for Pedro Rodríguez.
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