Moncada reveals back story on signing of defender from Real Madrid: “He was in a bit of trouble”

By Oliver Fisher -

Chief scout Geoffrey Moncada has lifted the lid on exactly how the operation went that saw AC Milan snatch Theo Hernandez from Real Madrid.

Theo has been nothing short of sensational since his arrival from the Spanish capital, reaching 10 goals in the Rossoneri shirt in just 54 appearances thanks to his brace during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Parma, in which his 91st minute goal rescued a point.

Moncada spoke to Podcast Prolongation about how Milan’s player recruitment works, and in particular why Maldini is such an important part of it, but he also discussed the acquisition of Hauge.

He also offered a bit of background on a few of the recent signings, starting with Theo Hernandez who is now worth double what Milan paid for him.

“He is a player we knew from Atletico Madrid’s U17s and U19s. It was a job that lasted 4-5 years. And the opportunity to catch him came when he was in a bit of trouble at Real Madrid, who had just got Ferland Mendy,” he said (via MilanNews).

“We had seen his games as a young player, his progress at Real Sociedad on loan, we had talked to his entourage. Theo is a train. He destroys the whole left wing. We want them like this. The modern full-back in a great team has to be a train, run a lot, like crazy.

“We already followed him at Atletico Madrid, then at Real Madrid, then he went on loan to Real Sociedad and I said to myself ‘no one cares about him’, and the truth is we didn’t have that much competition when we got him.”

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