Eduardo Camavinga is considered one of the most talented young players in world football.
After leaving Rennes last summer, the 19-year-old moved to Real Madrid for £33.5m in a deal that would see him start and establish himself in one of the best teams around the world.
Since then, the midfielder has found life under Carlo Ancelotti somewhat frustrating given the lack of a game at the Bernabeu.
“I don’t like not playing, I would like to play more, but it will come and next year I will be here at Real Madrid,” he said, via Marca.
“I knew it would take time. That’s the first thing they told me when I arrived.
“They warned me that the first year here is complicated and I managed my problems patiently and continued to work hard.
“My record is still good, although there are things I need to improve. I played great games and we won the league and the Super Cup. It’s positive.
Liverpool reportedly plotted to sign Camavinga in January and now Jurgen Klopp will be able to see the Frenchman up close in the Champions League final.
One of Camavinga’s most eye-catching performances came as a substitute in the 3-1 semi-final second leg win over Manchester City.
And Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has already hinted he could be involved in Paris again, so what do we know about him? talkSPORT.com takes a deeper look…
Eduardo Camavinga: Profile
Born in Angola in 2002, Camavinga moved to France at the age of two where he practiced judo before embarking on football.
In 2013, the family home was burnt down, destroying all their possessions in the process, which the midfielder attributed to his motivation to succeed.
Camavinga joined Rennes youth training at the age of 11, before signing a professional contract in 2018 at the age of 16.
After making his professional debut in April 2019, the midfielder made 88 appearances for Rennes before being sold to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2021.
Since then, Camavinga has 21 appearances for Madrid, starting eight games in the process.
Eduardo Camavainga: Position
The 19-year-old prodigy is a central midfielder by trade.
Although he’s been used on the left flank before, Camavinga is most used to sitting in a deep role where he can dictate the game with his physical style and clever passing range.
Although goals and assists are not his top priority, the France international has also improved his ability to carry the ball as he looks to drive the team forward when launching attacking moves.
Eduardo Camavinga: What was said?
Former Rennes academy director Landry Chauvin has told Bleacher Report what makes the youngster so good.
“He has this simplicity that brings the ball to life,” Chauvin said. “He touches the ball as much as anyone else, but sparingly. He doesn’t need to wear it. He passes the ball, he makes himself available; he passes, he makes himself available.
Former Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain star Hatem Ben Arfa told ESPN all about his former teammate in 2019.
“He was amazing,” he purred. “Technically and physically he is a monster. Everything he does is perfect.
“For me, he’s the modern midfielder by definition. There’s nothing he can’t do. He can defend, tackle, head the ball, create, score, assist. He’s powerful but technically gifted with his left foot. He’s smart, elegant. You would rarely have seen a player like him at his age.
Camavinga idol Paul Pogba also praised the youngster after scoring his first goal for France, saying: “It’s a pleasure to see him put on the shirt. To score after his first starts, c “is frankly wonderful. I was really happy for him. I only wish him the best and much more. He has it all. His future is in his hands.
“He’s very comfortable, he’s a little dancer. He reminds me a bit of myself. He’s not a shy person. It’s good because he’s confident. He’s confident in his qualities He is a very good youngster, I like him a lot.
With interest from Liverpool accelerating, the player’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, said last year: “Camavinga can play next year in the Premier League.
“He’s so good. Whether he does or not, I don’t know.
“His background is difficult if you know what he went through as a refugee. But his character is incredibly strong.
“He’s not your average 18-year-old kid. Playing in front of 100,000 people isn’t going to scare him.
“He’s a lovely boy and I think he’s going to be a superstar.”