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Real Madrid mainstay turned down Juventus before Bernabeu move, reveals agent

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Eder Militao has become an undisputed starter under Carlo Ancelotti ahead of the likes of Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba. At the young age of 25, he has shown immense maturity and calmness to lead the Real Madrid backline from the front.

He moved to Madrid in 2019 from FC Porto for a fee of €50 million. In addition to being a key pillar for the European champions, he also has 27 caps for the Brazilian national team and has scored once for his country.

The Brazilian has started 19 La Liga games for the Merengues so far this season and has scored three goals in the process. He has overseen five clean sheets and averages over 11 defensive actions per game. Needless to say, he is one the club count on for the next decade.

The centre-back’s agent Ulisses Jorge spoke to AS recently and highlighted some behind-the-scenes stories around his client’s move to Real Madrid. The agent first highlighted the love Militao had for the crest and his commitment to the club.

“Real Madrid will be Éder’s home for many years, the club is delighted with him & he’s very happy there,” he said.

He then went on to elaborate on the various options that the defender had on the table, and subsequently rejected, to make the move to Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Militão was at Porto, he had the possibility of joining Juventus but he chose Real Madrid. With all due respect to them, I think he made the right choice. He’s now a pillar of the team.”

Militao is expected to start Real Madrid’s game against Barcelona tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabeu and will be crucial if the Merengues are to secure a strong lead in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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