Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga will stay at the French club for the 2020-21 season despite rumours of a potential transfer.
The 17-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 side, with Real Madrid reportedly offering him a chance to join Zinedine Zidane’s squad at the Bernabeu after making 36 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in the recent campaign.
But the France U21 international, who is contracted until 2022, has announced he is planning on staying at Rennes for at least another year.
‘I have two years of contract left. I will be at Rennes this season,’ Camavinga told Telefoot on Friday.
In reference to the speculation of a potential transfer, Camavinga said: ‘It doesn’t bother me at all. It’s football. There are true things and false things.’
Despite his young age, Camavinga was called up to the first-team at the age of 16 in the 2018-19 season – making a total of seven appearances for the club.
This season, the youngster showed huge maturity for a teenager and was often involved – scoring once and registering two assists as the team qualified for the Champions League group stages.
Zinedine Zidane is thought to be an admirer of his French compatriot and believes Camavinga could be an excellent addition to his squad.
Zidane is looking for a ball-winner in midfield, considering the players that Real have been linked with, and Camavinga can provide exactly that.
Former Rennes player and Chelsea player Mario Melchiot says Camavinga should consider transferring to Real if he believes it is the best decision for his career.
‘When I left Ajax, people said to me it was too early and that I should stay in Holland,’ Melchiot told Goal. ‘Let me tell you something, as a player just do what’s right for you and not listen to what people tell you.
‘If you feel like it isn’t the right move, then stay where you are. I think you should always consider your development. The team you go to should make you better, and you should make the team better.
‘If those two things don’t add up, then don’t go. That’s the only answer I have for him.
‘He is very young, but I have watched him a few times, and I like him as a player. He is gifted; he sees things; he is comfortable on the ball and dribbles in the middle of the park very well.
‘The technical level in Ligue 1 is very high, and Rennes is obviously a good place for him right now. He is protected.
‘But I don’t know if Rennes can keep hold of him beyond next season. I think he has a lot of fire in him and I expect him to keep progressing. And I think there will soon come a time when he is offered the chance to go to another level.
‘I had the chance to go to Real Madrid when I was 19 but I chose my family over Madrid because they needed me at that time. I took a gamble because Chelsea might not have come two years later.
‘I went all the way to Madrid and saw the team train and everything. They spoke to me, the deal was done and I only needed to sign. My feeling, though, was that I have to do what’s right for me.
‘But if Real Madrid feels right to Camavinga, he shouldn’t listen to what the critics are saying. Every move in football is a risk, but it is about knowing what you can achieve. If he thinks he can achieve great things at Madrid now, he should go for it.’
Aside from Real Madrid, German giants Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with signing Camavinga – who would undoubtedly fit the calibre of player that they have usually purchased in recent seasons.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have also been mooted with an interest in the 17-year-old.