Ex-Real Madrid man gives his verdict on 22-year-old defender wanted by Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Former Real Madrid midfielder, Steve McManaman, has claimed that reported Tottenham target Eder Militao hasn’t had a fair chance under Zinedine Zidane at Los Blancos this season.

Spanish news outlet El Desmarque reported last week that Jose Mourinho was keen on bringing Militao to the Premier League. It was revealed that the Spurs head coach has already contacted Madrid supremo Florentino Perez over Militao’s availability.

The 22-year-old defender signed for the Spanish giants just last summer from Porto, in a deal worth around £43.5 million (Guardian) but he has failed to hit the expected heights at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Diario AS reported earlier this week that the Portuguese centre-half faces an uncertain future at the Spanish capital.

Some Spurs fans were excited by the link with the young defender and have urged the club to bring him to North London.

McManaman believes that Militao is a very good prospect who has been unlucky to have not featured under Zidane this season.

When asked about the youngster, he told horseracing.net: “His debut season in Madrid has been virtually nothing, hasn’t it?

“I was really impressed with him last season for Porto and I thought he was an excellent central defender.

“Porto and the Portuguese league is different to playing in Spain with Real Madrid, but when I saw his performances in the Champions League, to me it made sense that Real Madrid had bought him.

“The thing that’s hampered Militao at Madrid is that when Zinedine Zidane went back to the Bernabeu he returned to his trusted back four who he thinks he can rely on.

“For the likes of Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy who joined Real Madrid in the summer, they’ve found becoming a permanent fixture in the starting eleven difficult.

“I think Militao was an excellent central defender at Porto and I think that’s the best time to judge him. I think the change of manager at Real Madrid has probably hindered him if I’m being honest, like it’s hindered a lot of their new signings.”

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McManaman may be right in saying that Militao has been unlucky as Zidane has never really seemed to rate him. However, the fact remains that he is still unproven in a top European league. I personally think Jose will prefer to bring in a central defender who is more experienced, and someone who can slot into our backline seamlessly.

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