‘He brings the ball to life’ – Seven quotes on Man Utd target Eduardo Camavinga

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Eduardo Camavinga has developed into one of the most sought-after young players in Europe, leading to links with pretty much every big club under the sun, most notably Real Madrid and Manchester United in recent weeks.

Midfielder Camavinga stole the show with a stunning performance in Rennes’ victory over PSG at the start of the season, and the 17-year-old is already nearing 50 senior appearances.

We’ve compiled seven quotes on the teenager’s unique talent from those who have worked closest with him.

Jo Burel

“This is the first time I’d seen a player with such qualities,” Burel, who coached Camavinga at amateur club AGL-Drapeau Fougeres, has previously said. “When we wanted to maintain a result, we put him in defence, if we needed a goal, we would put him in attack. He had the ability to do both.”

Nicolas Martinais

“He has a certain modesty and doesn’t have a big head,” former coach Martinais told Goal. “He knows where he comes from and what his family has been through.”

Julien Stephan

“Many of the pros have taken him under their wing because he is very respectful in the dressing room and very attentive to their advice,” the Rennes manager said at the start of the season. “He blossomed with us this summer.”

Julian Escude

“The level of maturity and calmness that he shows is incredible for his age and even more so as a midfielder,” former France international Escude told Marca in April.

“[France coach Didier] Deschamps said that Kante makes the difficult things easy, which is the hardest thing. Camavinga is the same.

“He is also smart, quite fast, technically good. He is very interesting. I think a big step is coming for him very soon.”

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Nicolas Holveck

“The project for Eduardo Camavinga is to keep developing and making progress in Stade Rennes,” club president Holveck told French radio station RTL this week. “Next season will be the one where he establishes himself as an elite player here.”

Landry Chauvin

The former head of Rennes’ academy told Bleacher Report in November: “He has this simplicity that brings the ball to life. He touches the ball as much as anyone else, but sparingly. He doesn’t need to carry it. He passes the ball, he makes himself available; he passes, he makes himself available.

“The best midfielder I’ve had at 16 was Yoann Gourcuff. [Camavinga] reminds me of Yoann Gourcuff at the same age, but a left-footer. I knew Blaise Matuidi when he was at Troyes at the same age. For me, Eduardo is more advanced than he was.”

Eduardo Camavinga

Perhaps the most important quote comes from the player himself, who replied to questions about where his fearlessness comes from by telling Canal+ in September: “I’ve always been like that. I was often moved up a year, so playing with bigger players doesn’t scare me.”

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