Real Madrid were forced to call a premature halt to Eder Militao’s press conference with the club’s new signing feeling ‘faint’ following questions about his compatriot Neymar.
The 21-year-old, fresh from helping Br azil win the Copa America on home soil, was unveiled as Zinedine Zidane’s latest signing on Thursday after the Spanish giants agreed a €50 million fee with Porto back in March.
Eder’s compatriot Neymar, who missed the the Selecao’s historic triumph through injury, is desperate to engineer a move away from Paris Saint-Germain following a controversial end to the season which saw him fall out with several of his high-profile teammates and fined after an altercation with a fan following defeat in the French cup final.
The 27-year-old failed to show for pre-season training earlier this week and was reprimanded by his cub who released a strongly worded statement.
Asked about his compatriot, Eder loosened his tie and attempted to take a drink of water before saying: "I feel faint, I feel faint, it’s an enormous emotion. I can’t do anything more."
Earlier, he had said: "I am very happy to be joining the best club in the world. Since I was a kid I wanted to play for Madrid, and with the help of my father, my family, my agents, I have reached this point. I will give everything on the pitch and hope to make history here."
Real beat off competition from the likes of Manchester United to sign the highly-rated centre-half, much to the delight of club president Florentino Perez.
He added: "Today we are presenting one of the world’s greatest defenders, who has just won the Copa America with his country. All madridistas are very proud of you for this."