Real Madrid full-back Theo Hernandez has completed his medical at Milan on a five-year contract in a deal worth €20m, according to multiple reports in the Spanish press. His two-year stint in the Spanish capital has been somewhat of a nightmare and has been one which has seen his stock fall drastically.
It was just two years ago that he completed his contentious move across the Spanish capital, joining Los Blancos in a €30m move from cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid. Theo had just completed an impressive season-long loan spell at Alaves and was tipped to be the long-term successor for Marcelo at Madrid and to become a star at international level with France.
However, things have not quite worked out as planned. It is worth remembering that the full-back is still aged just 21 and could yet have a hugely successful career at the top level of the sport. However, it is undeniable that his progress has totally stagnated across the past two seasons and there have been a multitude of reports that Theo’s focus and drive for reaching the top has not been evident in that time period.
Theo started just ten La Liga matches in his first season with Los Blancos and failed to dislodge long-standing first-choice left-back Marcelo at the club. He was subsequently loaned to La Real this season but once again has struggled, featuring in just 24 league games this season and recently being left out of matchday squads entirely. The Basque club had no intention of making his move permanent and the player now looks set to leave Spain.
His summer departure from La Liga is something Theo shares with his elder brother Lucas, who joined Bayern Munich from Atleti in an €80m summer deal. Lucas has starred for club and country, winning the Europa League at Los Rojiblancos before helping France to lifting last year’s World Cup title. He is a player who appears to be fulfilling his potential and has emerged as one of the world’s highest rated defenders.
It is very easy for young players to lose their way at the top level of football and there are genuine concerns that Theo may join this list. Could Milan be the club where he finally realises his undoubted potential? Will it allow him to knuckle down, work hard and avoid distractions outside of his career? There is a wonderful player in there, but he may be beginning to run out of chances and aged just 21.
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