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Militao: “I want to make history at Real Madrid”

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The defender was the fifth player presented this summer.

Brazil Press Conference & Training Session - Copa America Brazil 2019 Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images

While Zinedine Zidane and most of the Real Madrid first-team squad are in Canada to begin pre-season, Eder Militao was back at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday afternoon for his official presentation. The centre-back, signed in a deal agreed with Porto back in March, is enjoying a well-earned holiday after forming part of Brazil’s triumphant Copa America squad, but took time out of his vacation to greet the fans for the first time.

The 21-year-old promised to make history at the club and to give his all for the shirt. “I’m very happy to play for the best club in the world,” he said as he was presented. “This is a great moment, made possible with the help of my father, family and agent. I’ve wanted to play for the best club in the world since I was a child. I want to thank the president. I want to tell the fans that I’ll represent this club in the best way possible. I’ll give everything I can and it’ll be a great season. I’m here to make history.”

After stepping out onto the pitch and greeting the supporters, Militao returned inside and had his first press conference as a Real Madrid player. He was asked about the competition he’ll face with other centre-backs like Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho and Jesus Vallejo. “I think it’ll be great to play with such talented centre-backs,” he said. “I know it won’t be easy, but I’ll do what I’m told to do. I’ll do a great job with the opportunities Zidane gives me. It’s up to Zidane if I’ll be in the starting line-up or not. Whatever he decides will be great. I’ll keep my feet on the ground and do whatever I have to do.”

He has already played with Real Madrid legends like Iker Casillas and Pepe at Porto and was asked what advice they had given him. “They told me it’s a great club, something everyone knows, and I knew they’d won three Champions Leagues in a row, but they told me about the culture of the club and what daily life is like, saying it’s great,” the Brazilian said. “They advised me to be calm and to continue to grow as a player.”

The process of the transfer was also discussed, with Militao stating that he didn’t hesitate when the opportunity arose. “When I heard the transfer had been completed, I was very happy,” he told reporters. “It showed I was doing things well and was appreciated as a footballer. I didn’t think twice about coming. It was great to see that such an amazing team wanted me.”

His press conference ended prematurely, as Militao wasn’t feeling well. Stating that he felt dizzy and emotional, he asked to leave before answering the final question.

Before Militao took to the stage, club president Florentino Perez spoke about the defender’s arrival and what it means for Los Blancos. “Today is a very important day for us as we present one of the great players who’ll help us with the objectives we’ve set,” Perez stated. “We have new talents who are eager to have success at Real Madrid. With teamwork, we’ll achieve successes like we have done in the past.”

Perez then turned to Militao to address him personally: “Firstly, we congratulate you on the success with Brazil at the Copa America. We know what it meant for Brazil. At Porto, you were one of the stars of the Portuguese league. You’ve adapted to European football well, being the best defender in the Portuguese league for five months in a row. Welcome to Real Madrid, Eder.”

After stepping out onto the pitch and greeting the supporters, Militao returned inside and had his first press conference as a Real Madrid player. He was asked about the competition he’ll face with other centre-backs like Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho and Jesus Vallejo. “I think it’ll be great to play with such talented centre-backs,” he said. “I know it won’t be easy, but I’ll do what I’m told to do. I’ll do a great job with the opportunities Zidane gives me. It’s up to Zidane if I’ll be in the starting line-up or not. Whatever he decides will be great. I’ll keep my feet on the ground and do whatever I have to do.”

He has already played with Real Madrid legends like Iker Casillas and Pepe at Porto and was asked what advice they had given him. “They told me it’s a great club, something everyone knows, and I knew they’d won three Champions Leagues in a row, but they told me about the culture of the club and what daily life is like, saying it’s great,” the Brazilian said. “They advised me to be calm and to continue to grow as a player.”

The process of the transfer was also discussed, with Militao stating that he didn’t hesitate when the opportunity arose. “When I heard the transfer had been completed, I was very happy,” he told reporters. “It showed I was doing things well and was appreciated as a footballer. I didn’t think twice about coming. It was great to see that such an amazing team wanted me.”

His press conference ended prematurely, as Militao wasn’t feeling well. Stating that he felt dizzy and emotional, he asked to leave before answering the final question.