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Militao speaks after contract renewal with Real Madrid: “The best in the world have to be at the greatest club in the world”

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Real Madrid announced the renewal of Eder Militao until 2028. The defender has been out of action since he ruptured his ACL on the first match day of La Liga, but his recovery is progressing better than expected.

In the best-case scenario, he is expected to return in just over a month and will be part of the tail end of Real Madrid’s season as a starter. Needless to say, it is a huge boost for Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

Speaking to the media after the announcement of his renewal, the Brazilian defender expressed his elation over securing his future at the club and called Real Madrid the best in the business.

“I feel very excited about my renewal and proud to remain in the best club in the world. It is, without a doubt, one of the happiest days of my life.”

He went on to elaborate on the club’s historic greatness and the feeling of pride he enjoys in the team, saying,

“Being here is a great and beautiful thing. Being alongside the president and surrounded by 14 Champions League trophies. It’s a source of pride and I feel motivated to keep making history here.”

“Real Madrid is an honour. It’s my home. I feel very good here with my teammates and it’s where I’ve learned a lot of good things. It’s a club that has been very special to me since I first arrived here,” he added.

Militao has grown leaps and bounds since he first arrived in Madrid. He is now considered one of the best defenders in the world, but an early injury in the season has left him on the sidelines. Commenting on his recovery, he said,

“I’m getting better every day and I’m gradually doing the things I’m being asked to do. I’m following the plans of the doctors and the physios.”

“Real Madrid are helping me a lot. The facilities here and being with everyone makes you feel important and gives you a bit of life and joy. There’s no reason to be discouraged,” he continued.

The defender was then asked what his most memorable moment at the club was, to which he replied that there was only one moment that repeatedly played in his head.

“I will always remember Vini Jr.’s goal in the Champions League final because since I left Brazil it was a dream of mine to play in a Champions League final and when Vini Jr. scored I was very emotional.”

Militao’s growth in recent years has been exponential, both on and off the field. When asked to comment on the same, he insisted that the change in mentality was the most important factor.

“My time here and the games have helped me a lot as a footballer. You arrive at the best club in the world and you understand from the start what Real Madrid is about. As a person I’ve changed a lot mentally.”

Adapting to life at Real Madrid is not everyone’s cup of tea. The defender was asked about the qualities required to succeed at the Spanish capital, to which he said,

“You have to understand that you must play to always win, every game, and have a great love for the crest you wear.”

Los Blancos’ success on the field is directly linked to the unity in the dressing room, a factor that keeps the side close on the field even in the face of adversity.

“It’s a very joyful dressing room. There’s banter between us and it’s a dressing room with a great atmosphere. There’s no bad feeling, just good-hearted people who try to help each other. It’s a great changing room,” Militao said about the dressing room.

As one of the world’s brightest young talents, the defender has had no dearth of interest from other clubs. When asked why he opted to stay at Real Madrid despite all odds, he stated that there was no better place to be.

“The best in the world have to be at the greatest club in the world. Young players want to be here because it’s a special club. Pretty much everyone wants to be here. We have to take the opportunity we have here and do the best we can.”

The new Santiago Bernabeu is one of the most elegant stadiums in the world, and stepping onto its grasses week in and week out is an honour. Militao acknowledged the same, saying,

“It’s a great stadium. It’s really nice. The fans encourage us and support us. They’re great fans and we know how fond they are of us and how much we are of them. It’s very special to play at the Bernabéu with these fans.”

Commenting on his respect for Florentino Perez, one of the greatest presidents in Real Madrid’s history, he said,

“He is a person with honour in soccer. Just by saying his name, you already know his history and you don’t need more. It means a lot of things to us. He is a very kind and affectionate person with all of us. He’s an incredible person.”

Finally, the centre-back gave a message to fans across the world, once again boasting of his renewal with the club.

“Hello to all the Real Madrid players. I am very happy with my renewal and see you soon. Go to Madrid!”

Source: Real Madrid website

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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