It looks like Eder Militao’s Real Madrid journey got off with the wrong foot, as the team’s newest defender had to cut short his press conference due to illness.
The Brazilian completed a €50 million ($56m/£45m) move from Porto midseason last year and was finally introduced as a reinforcement following his international duty at Copa America.
However, he wasn’t able to come through with the press conference due to dizziness, something that had never happened before in the history of the club.
Prior to the end of the conference, Militao had opened up about his joy and pride for becoming a Real Madrid player, talking about how excited he was about joining the club.
“It’s a very special day, I’m very happy. I have reached the highest point that can be reached, the best club in the world. When I heard the news, I was very happy that my work was doing well. When I received the news, I did not think twice. Immediately I said yes. I saw myself playing at the best club in the world. [If] a great team wants you to work for them and be part of the staff… I was very happy”, Militao claimed.
Still, the 21-year-old admitted that he’s going to have it quite tough to become a steady contributor for Zinedine Zidane’s team, vowing to work his heart off to establish himself as Real Madrid’s newest defender.
“It’s going to be a very good dispute. I’ve come to do my job, it’s not going to be simple, but I’m going to do my thing, and what the coach says. If you give me the opportunity, I’ll do a good job. I come to do my job. Ownership will be decided by Zidane. Whatever he decides, it will be great. With my feet on the ground, I’m going to do my job,” the Brazilian concluded.
Often compared to Pepe, Militao showed glimpses of greatness with Porto last season, but he’s likely to come off the bench with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane as Zidane’s go-to-guys at the back.