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Ligue 1 Youngster Fancies Real Madrid Move Due To Admiration For Zidane: Right Fit For Los Blancos?

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According to a recent report by Diario AS, Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga fancies a move to Real Madrid this summer due to his love and admiration for Zinedine Zidane. However, the same source has also stated that the French club’s owner, François Pinault, has no intention of cashing in on the Angola-born midfield enforcer, whose current contract runs out in the summer of 2022. It is believed that Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to compete with Los Blancos in pursuit of the French teenager, who has an asking price of around €50m (via Diario AS).

Camavinga’s Sensational Form In The Ligue 1 This Season

The 17-year-old has successfully established himself as one of the top performers of the Rennes senior side. His all-round performances in midfield have earned a lot of plaudits which has made him such a favourite among the French club’s supporters. Camavinga has been responsible for putting in some commanding displays at the heart of Julien Stéphan’s midfield.

He made 36 appearances for Rennes in the recently concluded Ligue 1 season, finding the back of the net once and providing two assists on all fronts. Even though he is primarily a defensive midfielder, yet the Miconje-born prospect has performed remarkably well to get himself involved in the final third.

The French whizkid deserves credit for his outstanding defensive contributions after averaging 4.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.3 clearances in every 90 minutes of league football last season (stats via whoscored). His numbers highlight his excellent consistency at the heart of the Rennes midfield.

Last year, Camavinga made his debut for the French Under-21 team in what was a crucial UEFA European U-21 Championship qualifier against Georgia. He has the potential to become a regular for Les Bleus’ senior side as long as he can continue improving himself with each year.

Rennes’ French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is pictured during the French L1 Football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), on August 18, 2019, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, northwestern France. (JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

What Does The French Midfield Enforcer Bring To The Table?

Camavinga can use his quickness to cover every blade of grass in the middle of the park. He is not afraid to work his socks off to pull off some lung-bursting recovering runs at the back and is also a decent tackler in midfield. The French wonderkid can also make some penetrative runs with the ball in the attacking half.

The Rennes prospect is usually very careful when distributing the ball as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 87.7% in the French first division last season (stats via whoscored). He is usually quick to read the danger which allows him to make a few vital interceptions and last-gasp clearances inside his own half.

Is Camavinga The Right Choice For Los Blancos?

At the tender age of 17, Camavinga has already shown several glimpses of his potential over the past nine months. He has all the attributes required to be a success story at the Spanish capital. However, there is no hiding from the possibility that the Frenchman might struggle to secure regular first-team opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium right now.

At the same time, his ceiling is sky-high, so he could serve as a perfect understudy to Casemiro and Federico Valverde in Zinedine Zidane’s squad in the upcoming campaign. As it stands, Rennes are all set to play UEFA Champions League football next season, so it is no wonder that the French outfit will try to retain his services beyond this summer.

Camavinga still has a long way to go before he is ready to feature in the La Liga week in week out, so Zidane would have to be patient before he can get the best out him in the years to come. He will not only add some bite and steel to the Madrid midfield but also enhance the overall quality of their squad. All in all, Camavinga will be an ideal fit for the Spanish giants, which makes him a worthy target for Zidane to pursue before the start of the new campaign.

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