Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga says he is ‘flattered’ by speculation linking him to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Camavinga, 18, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence that has seen him capped three times by France and become a consistent first-teamer at Rennes.
The talented midfielder netted in the 7-1 win over Ukraine for Les Bleus in October to become the youngest goalscorer for the nation since Maurice Gastiger in 1914.
Such form has naturally sent the rumour mill into overdrive and links to some of Europe’s heavy hitters have been gaining considerable traction as we approach the summer transfer window.
Two of the clubs believed to have their noses pressed up against the Rennes shop window are Real Madrid and Bayern Munich; the magnitude of which has been not lost on the teenage superstar.
Camavinga told Telefoot: “It makes you feel flattered and it’s nice that teams like Real Madrid or Bayern are interested in your situation.
“I’m not going to lie, but I have not yet thought it over with my family.”
Camavinga’s Euro 2020 hopes
Following his breakthrough season in 2019/20, Camavinga has carried over his stellar form into this campaign, and has once again proven the heartbeat and vital artery of his side’s midfield.
He famously registered 105 tackles in Ligue 1 last campaign as Rennes defied expectations and finished third, the highest of anyone in the division and the only player to accumulate a three-digit tally.
This time around, the tenacious enforcer ranks sixth for tackles (90), but his influence for Les Rouge et Noir remains unparalleled at the Roazhon Park, as Bruno Genesio’s side push for a top-five finish, which would guarantee European football.
Speaking of which, Camavinga has outlined his aspirations of consolidating a position in Didier Deschamps’ 26-man squad for France at Euro 2020 this summer, but admits he would ultimately be happy with an U21 call-up instead as “everything is going very fast” for the 18-year-old.
“I would like to play with the French senior team, but if I am called up by the U21s, it would be a pleasure and a great source of pride for me,” he added.
“Everything is going very fast for me, it’s a dream come true, everything that is happening to me.”