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Zidane and Calafat proved right as Camavinga explodes

The teenager's dazzling performances this season for Rennes and the French national team have seen both Juni Calafat and Zidane proved right after requesting his signature.

Zidane and Calafat proved right as Camavinga explodes
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Eduardo Camavinga is in unstoppable form this season with the teenager delivering impressive performance for Rennes in Ligue 1 coupled with his France start earlier this week where he became one of the youngest players ever to play for 'Les Bleus'.

Camavinga made his France debut on 8 September replacing Kante in the second half as 'Les Bleus' faced Croatia in the UEFA Nations League, becoming the youngest player to wear the dark blue shirt since Maurice Gastiger in 1914 with his goal against Ukraine this week seeing Camavinga become the youngest goalscorer for France since Gastinger (1914).

'Huge talent'

After the match, France boss Deschamps was wary of demanding too much from Camavinga but admitted the teenager is making it hard not to pick him. "I don't really want to put him out of the squad or the team considering how he plays. Let's see, he is still young. I think he is good enough and that's why he plays. He needs to show his skills on the pitch, even if we should not ask too much either.," said Deschamps.

FOOTBALL - FRIENDLY GAME - FRANCE v UKRAINEEduardo Camavinga of France warms up before the Friendly Game football match between France and Ukraine on October 7, 2020 at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France - Photo Jean Catuffe / DPPI AFP7 07/10/2020 ONLY FOR USE IN SPAIN

The 17-year-old was singled out earlier this year by Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane and the club's head of scouting Juni Calafat with contact established between the player's representatives and Spanish club. Ultimately with his Rennes side securing a place in the Champions League, the midfielder decided to stay with the Ligue 1 side for another season but now Madrid face a battle for his signing from the likes of PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus who are also interested in the player's services.