'I am doing well at Rennes' - Wonderkid Camavinga responds to Real Madrid links


Eduardo Camavinga says he is in no rush to leave Rennes, despite the 17-year-old midfielder being linked with some of the world's biggest clubs this summer.

Real Madrid are among the teams most closely linked to the teenager, who helped Rennes finish third in the truncated Ligue 1 season and qualify for the 2020-21 Champions League.

Despite the attention from top European sides, however, Camavinga is relaxed and is focused on continuing to give his best efforts for the French side.

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He told Ouest-France: "Honestly, I don't focus too much on that. Certainly, it's nice that big clubs like the ones mentioned are interested in me, but conversely, I'm not too interested in that. Especially since I am doing well at Rennes. We'll see what happens next, I'll let my parents and my agents manage this.

"I don't look too much, but I see anyway. In fact, I can't avoid it. Sometimes, I'm quickly on social networks and I see things or friends send me articles. Once, in Amiens in the League Cup, an opponent said to me: 'We have to exchange our shirts before you go to Real Madrid.' But I didn't really want to joke, we had just been eliminated. After that, I thought about it, I laughed about it."

There have been some reports in France that Rennes agreed to sell Camavinga midway through the season with a clause that they could keep him for another year should they qualify for the Champions League, however the player himself says he has no knowledge of such a deal.

He said: "Everything about negotiations and discussions during the season is really none of my business. When the season starts, I focus exclusively on football, I let my agents and my parents settle everything else and then we talk again at the end of the season, when necessary.

"But if there had been such an important agreement in mid-season, frankly, I would know. My future, we will see at the end of the season."

As well as Real, clubs linked with Camavinga include Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, however Rennes manager Julien Stephan remains hopeful they can keep the prospect for at least another season.

He told AFP this week:  "It would be beneficial for him to stay at least one more year in Rennes, because he is in a place he knows him well, he is at a club which trusts him enormously and because he is also supervised by people who know him perfectly."

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