Eduardo Camavinga has dealt Manchester United and Real Madrid a transfer blow, saying he wants to stay with Rennes.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been hailed as a potential long-term successor to Paul Pogba for both United and France.
Camavinga’s performances have also attracted the interest of Madrid, who are reportedly lining up a £44million bid for the wonderkid.
Already a France international despite his tender years, Camavinga recently said he was in no rush to decide his future but admitted “the great clubs make me dream”.
But the midfielder has now declared he wants to sign a new deal with Rennes, who are fifth in Ligue 1 and pushing for Champions League qualification.
Asked about his future on Thursday, the rising star said: “Could I sign an extension? Yes. Do I want to? Yes. What is holding it up? I do not know, there are negotiations.”
Camavinga played down a recent change in his representatives when quizzed by reporters, according to Get Football News France .
He replied: “My change of agent? These are things that happen, we shouldn’t focus on that. I have faith in my parents, quite simply.
“If you want to talk about that, there is my father. It is you, the journalists, who have been talking about me leaving, but I am 100% focused on the club.”
Camavinga has played 23 times in all competitions this season, including four appearances in the Champions League.
Rennes ultimately finished fourth in Group E, behind Chelsea, Sevilla and Russian side Krasnodar – but will he hoping to improve on that next season.
When asked back in November about interest in him from big clubs, the youngster said: “The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future. [about a new deal at Rennes].”
Asked at the time about a new deal at Rennes, he replied: “We’ll see. We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it.”