Real Madrid Announce First Signing Of Zinedine Zidane’s Second Reign

Real Madrid Announce First Signing Of Zinedine Zidane’s Second Reign

Real Madrid announced their first signing of Zinedine Zidane's second spell in charge of the club, as Eder Militao has agreed to join the club from FC Porto.

The well-rounded centre-back will join Madrid on a six-year contract this summer for a fee of €50 million after they triggered his release clause.

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A statement on Real Madrid's website reads: “Real Madrid and Porto have agreed the transfer of the player Éder Militão, who will be linked to the club during the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025.”

The €50m fee represents a huge profit for Porto, who signed the defender from Brazilian club Sao Paolo last summer for just over £6m.

Eder Militao
Eder Militao

Militao will provide competition for veteran defender Sergio Ramos and World Cup winner Raphael Varane next season, as Madrid look to refresh an ageing squad under Zidane's leadership.

Zidane's return suggests that Madrid president Florentino Perez has given the Frenchman assurances that signings will be made this summer – assurances that he couldn't give back in May when Zidane stepped down from the job.

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Football fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the 21-year-old in the Champions League quarter-finals this season after Porto advanced to the last eight with an extra-time win over Roma in the last 16.

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