Eduardo Camavinga on his Real Madrid transfer: “You feel straight away that you have joined the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid’s French international midfielder – and left-back – Eduardo Camavinga (20) gave a wide-ranging interview to Ouest-France.

The third youngest-ever player to don the legendary blue jersey of the national team recalled his €40m switch from Rennes to Real Madrid in 2021. “It’s another world, with regard to the facilities and the passion. You feel straight away that you have joined the best club in the world“, Camavinga said. The 20-year-old, who was called up by Les Bleus’ boss Didier Deschamps as Théo Hernandez’s understudy at left-back, said that, when he arrived in the Spanish capital, he didn’t expect to be a starter. “I had to make my mark little by little,” he said. 

The former Rennes youth product then went on to reveal what surprised him the most in the Merengues’ dressing room. “There are no celebratory chants or songs when we win”, said Camavinga. “For my first win, I entered the dressing room, and nothing happened. When we won the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao, my first trophy with Real, I expected something, and still nothing. There, I understood that I was with players accustomed to winning. Naturally, I also become like that.

Camavinga adds what he can learn from Croatian midfielder and Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric (37). “What strikes me with him is his calmness. He never wobbles, it’s unbelievable.” According to Camavinga, the 2018 Ballon d’Or is, besides being a legendary player, a lovely and very joyous character.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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