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Meet Eder Militao, Zinedine Zidane’s first signing since his Madrid return

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It is time to talk about Real Madrid’s latest signing, the Brazilian defender who currently plays at Porto – Eder Militao.

Porto welcome Liverpool in the Champions League tonight and we would like to advise you to keep an eye on their defender with No. 3 on the back, Eder Militao.

Militao was born on 18 January 1998 in Sertaozinho, a Brazilian city in the state of Sao Paulo. He started his career at Sao Paulo, joining the club at the age of 10.

The defender played through various youth teams for the club, before making his professional debut in the opening match of the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A in 2017 at the age of 19.

He made a total of 57 appearances for Sao Paulo and even scored four goals before moving to Porto at the start of the 2018-19 season.

The Brazilian didn’t need any time for adaptation. He has been as a regular first-team player for the Portuguese champions ever since his arrival and one of the most important for Porto’s coach Sergio Conceicao.

Militao won the Primeira Liga Defender of the Month award four consecutive times: in September 2018, October/November 2018, December 2018 and January 2019.

The 21-year old is a physically strong defender who is very quick, agile and technically gifted, as every Brazilian football player.

He has excellent ball control and good passing accuracy, which helps him to bring the ball out from the back in a confident manner, and even play as a defensive midfielder or full-back if the manager asks him to.

In September 2018, Militao got his first call-up from Brazil’s head coach Tite and made his debut for the national team in a friendly game against El Salvador.

Manchester United tracked his development since his move to Porto back in August and sent scouts to watch him in action during Porto’s 3-1 win over Nacional earlier this year.

Liverpool and Chelsea were also interested in the young defender, but while the English giants hesitated, Real Madrid got the job done and snapped him up in a €50 million transfer deal.

It all happened only two days after Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Bernabeu for his second spell as a manager of Madrid. ‘Zizou’ obviously didn’t want to lose any time on this one and met the buyout clause in defender’s contract which was set to rise by 50% at the end of the season.

Militao will have an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best defensive players in the game, Sergio Ramos and develop into a world-class defender in his time at Real Madrid.

But he needs to finish the current season on a high level first, and help Porto to defended the Primera Liga title in the fight with challengers Benfica at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.