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The former Blancos forward has praised the club, revealing that the people there treated him "with love" during his two-year spell, in which he scored just five goals

Benfica striker Javier Saviola still has fond memories of his time at Real Madrid, despite only scoring a handful goals in his two seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Argentina international, who found the net five times in 30 games for Los Blancos between 2007-2009, was full of praise for his former employers ahead of the Eusebio Cup match between the two sides on July 27.

"I have fond memories of Real Madrid," he told Portuguese newspaper Record. "I loved playing there, there were people who treated me with love."

The 30-year-old concluded by discussing the Eagles' current pre-season regime, and the importance of gelling the players together into a cohesive unit.

"The most important thing is to build a team," he continued. "We have only been working for a few weeks, and are trying to get up to match pace."

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