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younger. So I was always training with either one or the other.
“Enzo plays a bit like his dad basically and Luca is a goalkeeper,” added the 20-year-old, who represented Real Madrid in the Euro Youth League, effectively the Champions League’s baby brother. “They are both still at Madrid but I thought Luca in particular was a very talented boy. He was really great with his feet, he could have been another No.10 if he wanted, but he chose to play goalkeeper instead. He is brilliant at it.”
Harper, who is fit again and raring to go after an injury-ravaged first year at promotion-chasing Brighton, admits being seriously starstruck the first few times their father was persuaded to help out at training. “I didn’t really know him [Zinedine Zidane] for the first couple of years – I was too young – but when I was 16 or 17, he would come in and do some training sessions with us, helping us do finishing and things like that. I think the family lived really close by, because he would just turn up in the older brothers’ car. Anytime you get with a guy like that, you just need to soak up,” added Harper. “Funnily enough, when I was young I always had his T-shirt, I loved how he played, he was a real idol of mine. And I am not surprised to see him rise to head coach, I think everyone in Madrid thought that was going to happen at some stage. It has happened all of a sudden but I think he is the right man for the job. He knows the club, he has the right philosophy, and is a great ex-footballer so he is the perfect man. Everyone respects him so much, he always seems to say the right thing.”
Harper was still a Real player back in 2014 when these same two teams contested a Champions League final in Lisbon which went all the way to extra time. He wouldn’t be surprised if things went the same way in Milan tonight.
“To be honest I think it is going to be a 50/50,” said Harper. “Real have got great players but Atletico have been a solid team for the last four or five years and are really hard to beat. I will go out and watch it somewhere with my friends and family and it will be a huge deal over here, everybody will either be wanting Madrid to win or alternatively wanting them to lose. It should be a great Saturday night but I have somewhere to go on Sunday, so I will get to bed early.”
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