Eduardo Camavinga is the latest teenage prodigy to emerge from Ligue 1 and has already carved a reputation for himself as a future star in the making.
Camavinga has been a part of the Stade Rennes youth system since the age of 11. Camavinga signed his first professional contract with Stade Rennes at the age of 16 years in 2018 and made his professional debut against Angers in April 2019, becoming the youngest player to ever play for Stade Rennes first team. Camavinga’s real breakout moment came to the world’s sight in the summer of 2019 after a superb performance against PSG in Ligue 1. He misplaced just one of 41 attempted passes and claimed an assist for Romain Del Castillo’s winning goal in a big victory over the Parisien giants.
The teenager is on the road to superstardom with his incredible footballing talent. Following an exciting year with Stade Rennes in the French Ligue 1, the talented teenager has attracted interest from leading sides across Europe with Real Madrid one of the interested parties.
Will Camavinga be the right fit for Real Madrid?
Stade Rennes prodigy Camavinga is among Zinedine Zidane’s priority targets for the summer transfer window. Zidane views Camavinga as an excellent deputy to Casemiro. If he joins Madrid, Camavinga won’t be a match for Casemiro immediately backup option for Zidane. Camavinga will also benefit from learning from the Brazilian International Casemiro. Although he won’t play regular first-team football, his move could still be hugely beneficial for his development. Casemiro has been Real Madrid’s anchor in midfield for several seasons, and he is among the burdened players at Real Madrid. Casemiro is currently 28 and may not be able to carry his defensive duties for much longer, and this could make Camavinga the perfect player to understudy Casemiro.
He could play in the team in the absence of Casemiro to injuries or bad form. Camavinga’s prime defensive strength is his ability to recover lost grounds and win back the ball. At Rennes, Camavinga has often utilized his pace to thwart opposition attacks and shield the backline. If Camavinga moves to Real Madrid, he could tremendously help the team in that department.
Zidane’s track record with young players has been superb. In his tenure at Real Madrid, he has given the likes of Vinicius Junior, Marco Asensio, and Rodrygo much playing time to showcase their talent to the world. So if Camavinga finally makes a move to Real Madrid this summer, he will get some playing time.
What’s so special about Camavinga?
Camavinga is a talented midfielder with characteristics of a complete central midfielder. At Rennes, Camavinga is responsible for stopping the opposition’s attack and starting his team’s attacking build-up. He is also very comfortable with the ball at his feet. He also occupies opposition defenders with his tricky runs and creates a lot of space for his teammates when they are on the offensive. Camavinga also provides an alternative outlet for his side when there are few attacking options upfront. Camavinga’s decision-making is top-notch and incredible for a player who is still in his teens. In most of the games he has played, he has relied on his versatility and passing ability to dictate the tempo of play. Camavinga’s ball skills and his out-of-possession play are other huge assets the youngster possesses. He also has the physicality to withstand any challenge from opposition players. Despite his numerous qualities, Camavinga still has a lot of work to do for him to reach his full potential. However, there is no doubt that he could be the next big midfield sensational in football sooner than later.
What’s next for the French prodigy?
Camavinga’s superb performances in the heart of midfield have helped Stade Rennes qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history after a third-place finish in the curtailed 2019-2020 Ligue 1 season. The youngster was a key figure in Rennes midfield last season, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the French Ligue 1. Stade Rennes will be competing in the UEFA Champions League come next season, and such a stage will give Camavinga another significant opportunity to enhance his profile. If he decides to stay at Rennes for another season, he could rapidly develop to become a top-quality midfielder for France with the combined footballing qualities of Patrick Viera, N’golo Kante, and Blaise Matuidi.