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Real Madrid defender has become one of Ancelotti’s leaders of the team – report

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Real Madrid defender Eder Militao has been immensely influential for the team in the last couple of years. The 25-year-old, who joined the capital club in 2019 from Porto for a reported €50 million transfer fee, is slowly becoming Carlo Ancelotti’s go-to man.

According to AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Brazilian defender has become one of Ancelotti’s team leaders. The publication further explains that the locker room absolutely loves him and the player has the full support of his manager and the coaching staff.

The 25-year-old has featured in 30 games across all competitions for the team this season which includes 19 outings in La Liga, five appearances in the UEFA Champions League and three appearances in Copa del Rey.

Despite joining Madrid in 2019, Militao’s influence and regularity only grew in the 2021-22 season. This happened mostly because Real Madrid parted ways with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

The Brazilian formed a partnership with David Alaba under Ancelotti last season and he went on to make 50 appearances across all competitions for the team.

This season, the 25-year-old’s partners have changed between Alaba, Antonio Rudiger and Nacho. Despite the changing of partners, Militao has been one of Los Blancos’ most solid performers.

Furthermore, the 2022-23 season has been quite good for the 25-year-old on a personal note, having scored five goals across three competitions. With this, he has matched his personal best figure of five goals in a single season that he scored during the 2018-19 campaign for Porto.

MIlitao’s presence in Madrid’s defence brings a sense of assurance. Now, clean sheets have been hard to come by for the team this season, but the Brazilian has made sure he puts on his best performance every time he steps on the field.

Militao’s current contract with Real Madrid runs until 2025, but he is understood to have agreed a new contract until 2028 with a release clause of €500 million in place.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’

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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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