On 8 September 2021, just over a year ago, Real Madrid presented Eduardo Camavinga. After paying €40m to Rennes, the promising midfielder, then just 18 years old, landed in the Spanish capital hoping to make a name for himself.
“I have to prove to the coach that I’m ready. I can play in any position in midfield,” he explained in his first press conference as a Real Madrid player.
His first season at Madrid saw him score against Celta and three days later he assisted in a late winner at the San Siro, but his lack of maturity saw him close to red on several occasions.
The young Frenchman was important in the Champions League and finished the season with almost 1,700 minutes, but it was not enough for him.
“I don’t like not playing, I would like to play more. But it will come naturally, I have to improve things,” he explained in an interview with Téléfoot in May.
As he enters his second season at Real Madrid, he is on a mission to play ahead of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in midfield.
With the arrival of Aurelién Tchouaméni, the competition for young players has intensified, although Ancelotti is showing that he has confidence in the three players the club want as the future midfield: Tchouaméni, Camavinga and Fede Valverde.
As reported by AS, Camavinga has played in every game this season, accumulating 256 minutes and starting three times. In a season with a packed schedule and a World Cup, he looks set to become even more important for Ancelotti.