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Eduardo Camavinga “fulfilling a dream” by signing for Real Madrid

TOPSHOT - France's midfielder Eduardo Camavinga celebrates after scoring a goal during the International friendly football match between France and Ukraine, on October 7, 2020 in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
FRANCK FIFE / Contributor

This summer, there have been more outs than ins at Real Madrid. The club was willing to pay £189 million to bring Kylian Mbappe to La Liga this summer. But after being rebuffed by his parent club, Paris Saint Germain, they looked to another young Frenchman, Eduardo Camavinga.

The 18-year-old became Madrid's only marquee signing of the summer on deadline day, agreeing to a six-year contract with Real.

The club fought off interest from PSG & Manchester United to secure the signature of one of Europe's top young stars. Showing their rivals that they are still a big player in the football world. Despite losing £257 million in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to reports, PSG had offered Camavinga a more lucrative contract, but he turned down the chance to play with the likes of Lionel Messi & Neymar. In favor of fulfilling a dream by playing for Real Madrid.

"The main factor is not money. I don't care about money from other clubs but the pleasure of fulfilling my dream and playing for Real Madrid."Eduardo Camavinga

Camavinga was entering the final year of his contract with Rennes, and the club was anxious to sell him this summer. For fear of losing him for nothing in 12 months. Madrid will pay £27 million upfront plus add-ons, which could prove a bargain if he fulfills his potential.

Camavinga has earned three caps for the French senior team despite his age and racked up 82 appearances across the last two seasons with Rennes. Establishing himself as a top midfield after coming through their youth system.

Real Madrid is entering into somewhat of a rebuild. Having seen Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane & manager Zinedine Zidane leaving the club this summer. However, they are still viewed as one of Europe's top clubs by the world's best players, as is evident with the signing of Camavinga.

At the same time, Kylian Mbappe looks set to join the club on a free transfer next summer. Having told PSG, he wants to leave the club as he enters the final year of his contract. So Real fans may not have to wait too long to see the club challenging for the top trophies again.

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