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Ligue 1 Midfielder Prefers A Move To Real Madrid Amid Interest From Other Clubs: Boost For Zidane?

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According to a recent report by Marca, Rennes’ young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga prefers a summer switch to Real Madrid amid interest from Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. The same source has also revealed that Los Blancos have identified the French midfielder as an ideal back-up for Casemiro and are eager to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the off-season.

Camavinga’s Majestic Rise In French Football

Camavinga has enhanced his reputation in the Ligue 1 after putting in several eye-catching displays at the heart of Julien Stéphan’s midfield. He has played in 36 matches for Rennes this term, scoring one goal and providing two assists in all competitions which proves that he can contribute by scoring or creating the odd goal now and then.

However, the 17-year-old is more renowned for his defensive prowess and has averaged 4.3 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game in the French top-flight this season (stats via whoscored). His outstanding contributions on the defensive end of the pitch has not gone unnoticed with several top clubs in Europe ready to battle it out for his signature this summer.

Camavinga played his first game for the French Under-21 team against Georgia in a UEFA European U-21 Championship qualifier back in November last year. If he can continue to make such rapid progress, then it is only a matter of time before he gets a senior call-up from Didier Deschamps. For now, the talented midfielder just needs to concentrate on improving his overall game with each season.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Italian midfielder Marco Verratti (R) fights for the ball with Rennes’ midfielder Eduardo Camavinga during the French Trophy of Champions football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Rennes (SRFC) at the Shenzhen Universiade Stadium in Shenzhen on August 3, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP/Getty Images)

What Will The French Whizkid Bring To The Table?

Camavinga is a deceptively quick presence in midfield who can make some powerful, driving runs with the ball in the opposition half. He is quite direct when taking on his marker in a footrace and is usually very tidy with his ball-distribution as evidenced by his pass success rate of 87.7% in the Ligue 1 this season (stats via whoscored). What makes him such an invaluable member of the Rennes first-team is his ability to get stuck in with a few well-timed tackles so that he can win possession back for his side. He has a good football IQ and can position himself well to pull off some vital last-gasp clearances for his team.

Camavinga Prefers To Make A Switch To Real Madrid: Big Boost For Los Blancos?

If the reports are accurate about Camavinga’s desire of moving to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, then it will be a massive boost for Zinedine Zidane and his chances of winning the race for the player this summer. Camavinga’s ceiling is sky-high as he has the potential to become a generational talent, but only if he is given a nurturing environment to develop and hone his skills in the future.

Real Madrid is currently the home of some of Europe’s top young talents such as Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde. Hence, they are used to developing promising young players which makes them a perfect fit for Camavinga right now. However, the French youngster could struggle to get enough game time as he will have to fight it out with the likes of Casemiro and Valverde for one of the holding midfield spots in Zidane’s first-team.

Camavinga will not only add some bite and steel to the Madrid midfield but also increase competition for places within their squad. Therefore, Zidane would be wise to arrange a package that will be good enough to convince Rennes to part ways with their prized asset before the start of the new campaign.

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