Real Madrid have signed Porto defender Eder Militao on a deal which starts this summer, the LaLiga club have confirmed.
Militao, the Brazil international, has put pen to paper with Los Blancos until 2025 having starred throughout his debut season in European football.
A statement read: “Eder Gabriel Militao 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, Militao 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.”
Militao, who had previously been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool, becomes the first signing of Zinedine Zidane’s second spell as Real Madrid manager.
Zidane returned to the Bernabeu earlier this week just 10 months after stepping down as the club’s boss.
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Zidane becomes Real’s third manager of the season with the club sacking both Julen Lopetegui and his successor Santiago Solari amid various on-field struggles.
Los Blancos are third in LaLiga – 12 points behind leaders Barcelona – and were knocked out the Copa del Rey by their fierce Clasico rivals.
The reigning European Champions also dropped out the Champions League at the first knockout stage with Ajax triumphing 4-1 at the Bernabeu last week to complete a remarkable 5-3 defeat of Real.
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Zidane left last summer after guiding the club he played for between 2001-06 to three successive European Cups. Los Blancos also won LaLiga, the Supercopa de Espana, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup throughout his first reign as manager.
The first match of his second spell is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, with Real hosting relegation-threatened Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu.
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