real madrid sign highly-rated defender eder militao

16:00    14 Mar 2019

Eder Militao
Spanish football heavyweights Real Madrid have signed centre-back Eder Militao from Portuguese champions FC Porto on a six-year deal.

The 21-year-old defender becomes the first signing at Real since Zinedine Zidane returned as head coach on Monday, replacing the sacked Santiago Solari.

The Brazil international will join up with his new team-mates at the start of next season.

A club statement read: "Éder Gabriel Militão (Sertãozinho, Sao Paulo, 18-01-1998) is officially a new Real Madrid player, signing until 2025. The 21-year-old defender will join the club next season and is already a full Brazil international."

"He comes to the Whites from Porto, where he has quickly become a star of the team in only his first year in the Portuguese League. He has been named the best defender in the league for the last five months in a row."

"A versatile footballer, Militão plays largely as a centre-back although he has also spent time at right-back. His speed, positioning and anticipation are his greatest assets, while he is also strong in the air."

"These qualities have been on consistent display since his arrival at Porto last summer as he has adapted swiftly to the European game."

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