Eduardo Camavinga, 18, is joining Real Madrid from Rennes after having been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs for a number of years.

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The midfielder, who was the youngest player to be appointed by France since 1932, became world famous with his performances in Ligue 1 and Madrid switched him on Transfer Deadline Day for around 30 million euros, a year before his contract in Rennes expired.

Now at the Bernabeu, what can the La Liga side expect from the young midfielder? And how far can his career develop?

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Camavingas background

Camavinga was born in a refugee camp in Angola and moved to France with his parents and five siblings at the age of two. Eight years later he was just starting out at the Rennes youth academy when the family home burned down.

After Camavinga had gone through the youth levels, he made his debut in the first team at the end of the 2018/19 season as a 16-year-old. The opportunity to test your skills at Ligue 1 level was more than a symbolic gesture; he played in each of the remaining six games and culminated in a 90-minute appearance in a 3-1 win over Lille on the last day of the season.

Camavinga’s career has started since then. From the following season as a regular player, he was instrumental in the fact that Rennes was third and qualified for the Champions League, which led to his debut in the most prestigious club competition in Europe.

He received his citizenship in November 2019, just a few days after receiving his citizenship and turning 17.

Camavinga made his France debut in the UEFA Nations League game against Croatia, where he was substituted on in the last half hour. His first international match was followed shortly thereafter by his first French goal in a friendly against Ukraine the following month. He played against Croatia again but a loss of form during the 2020/21 season saw him return to the U-21 level.

However, due to such a meteoric rise, the midfielder is associated with a variety of top clubs. Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were among the admiring Premier League teams, while long-standing interest from Paris Saint-Germain has been reported. But Real Madrid got the talented youngster ahead of his rivals.

Eduardo Camavinga has been a front runner for several years. Catherine Steenkeste / Getty Images

position

Camavinga, a versatile central midfielder, stepped on stage as a profound playmaker and despite his age and inexperience, was given full responsibility for expressing himself in the challenging role of then Rennes head coach Julien Stephan.

It was his accomplishments as a midfielder that established Camavinga as a rising star in Ligue 1 and for France. From the beginning of the 2020/21 season, however, the teenager played predominantly in a more advanced role, either as No. 8 in a 4-3-3 formation or as one of two central midfielders in a 4-4-2.

Strengthen

From the beginning it was Camavinga’s maturity and confidence that stood out: a 16 year old with the intelligence and technical ability to set the rhythm of the game, both short and long pass from midfield while being able to retrieving the ball tackle or interception, as well as completing his urgent duties, is not seen often.

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In addition, there is his excellent left foot, the high precision in passing and the good coordination with which he often elegantly danced his way out of tight spaces with the ball at his foot, and why he caused so much excitement is clear.

In a more advanced position in midfield with a little less room to maneuver, Camavinga has shown tactical discipline and patience. With almost 100 senior missions, it’s easy to forget that he will only be 19 years old in November, but that he has the physical, mental and technical skills to be successful.

Areas to be improved

After two promising years in Ligue 1 – the first of which was almost sensational while the second was rather ordinary – it’s hard to spot a major weakness in Camavinga’s game, but he’s still developing and has to play regularly. to move forward.

He could be even more crucial in the final third, not just through goals and assists but also initiating and constructing attack moves (although you’d expect Madrid to have a deeper role in midfield for him).

Where it fits in in Madrid

With Camavinga being so supple on the ball, being able to set the pace of the game and choosing passes between the lines with the right pace and angle forward, it is easy to see comparisons with Luka Modric, especially as they both get through made the junior ranks as an attacking midfielder and the teenager will not have a better role model than the Croatian legend.