Everything Camavinga’s managers and teammates have said about Man Utd target

Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga is one of the most sought-after youngsters in world football, with the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal all linked with his services.

Camavinga has enjoyed a remarkable rise so far, making his senior debut for Rennes at the age of 16 and his senior debut for France at the age of 17.

Now, according to a report from the Daily Mail, Manchester United are ‘weighing up an approach’ for the teenager.

Camavinga has one year remaining on his current deal with Rennes and the report claims that the Ligue 1 club are willing to sell him this summer in order to avoid losing him for free.

With that in mind, Mirror Football has taken a look at what Camavinga’s coaches, teammates and agent have all had to say about him.

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Nicolas Martinais – “The ease and the maturity he shows on the pitch are incredible”

Martinais was one of Camavinga’s first coaches and he worked with the midfielder during his time at Drapeau-Fougères.

Speaking to Bleacher Report in 2019, Martinais said: “The ease and the maturity he shows on the pitch are incredible.

“He’s on the ball a lot, he rarely gives it away and he’s very mature. That’s what knocks you out. For his age, it’s really amazing.

“All the exercises we did, we’d have just finished explaining them and he’d have already understood everything.

“With some of the others, you had to repeat yourself and show them again. He got it straight away.

“We had to come up with new drills to challenge him, because he was twice as advanced as the others. It was all so easy for him.”

Landry Chauvin – “I knew Blaise Matuidi at the same age. For me, Eduardo is more advanced”

Chauvin was the head of Rennes’ academy when Camavinga came through and he is a big fan of the teenager, comparing him to Yoann Gourcuff and Blaise Matuidi.

“He has this simplicity that brings the ball to life,” Chauvin said. “He touches the ball as much as anyone else, but sparingly.

“He doesn’t need to carry it. He passes the ball, he makes himself available; he passes, he makes himself available.

“The best midfielder I’ve had at 16 was Yoann Gourcuff. [Camavinga] reminds me of Yoann Gourcuff at the same age, but a left-footer.

“I knew Blaise Matuidi when he was at Troyes at the same age. For me, Eduardo is more advanced than he was.”

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Julien Stephan – “He is an incredible young man and an incredible talent”

The former Rennes manager gave Camavinga his debut as a 16-year-old and he believes the midfielder has the potential to go all the way to the top.

Speaking to ESPN, Stephan said: “This is what has always amazed me about him. He is so talented, intelligent and mature that he always looks in his element.

“He is not fazed by anything. Every time, he has to go a step higher, he does. He is an incredible young man and an incredible talent.”

Bruno Genesio – “He has enormous qualities to reach the very highest level”

The current Rennes boss, Genesio is understandably keen to keep Camavinga at the club for at least one more season.

Speaking to Ouest France, Genesio said: “He is still a developing player, who has enormous qualities to reach the very high level.

“Afterwards, my interest and my position are perhaps taken as something subjective but if I put myself in his place, I think he still needs to do at least a year at a club like Stade Rennais, where he is at home, with the confidence of everyone to develop further.

“He will have time to take other steps forward.”

Didier Deschamps – “Despite his young age, he’s very confident”

Speaking to Ligue 1’s official website after Camavinga’s first call-up to the national team, the France boss said: “Despite his young age, he’s very confident.

“He has technical qualities in the use of the ball and he scored a beautifully conceived goal.

“Seeing the ease with which he made those two or three body feints, without touching the ball, shows that he has this technical ease that can allow him to be decisive in offensive zones.

“We obviously have to manage him because he’s young and this call-up comes quickly after his arrival on the scene.

“But from the moment he’s in the squad, he has just as much of a chance of playing as anyone else. He will therefore be managed like any other player and he will have some game time, of course.”

Hatem Ben Arfa – “You would have rarely seen a player like him at his age”

Ben Arfa spent one season at Rennes and he was hugely impressed by Camavinga, telling ESPN FC: “We were like ‘wow. He was incredible.

“Technically and physically, he is a monster. Everything he does is perfect. For me, he is the modern midfielder by definition.

“There is nothing he can’t do. He can defend, tackle, head the ball, create, score, assist. He is powerful but gifted technically with his left foot. He is intelligent, elegant.

“You would have rarely seen a player like him at his age.”

Steven Nzonzi – “He is very mature for his age”

World cup winner Nzonzi played alongside Camavinga during his time on loan at Rennes and he told L’Equipe last year: “He is very mature for his age. That is what makes the difference.

“He has great variety to his play. But that is something that you normally master with age. It is positive for what is to come.

“It did not surprise me, I knew that there were good players here. He seems very at ease, he has this maturity and will continue to improve. And then he works well too. He is a good boy.”

Paul Pogba has compared Camavinga to himself
Paul Pogba has compared Camavinga to himself (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Paul Pogba – “He is very at ease, he is a little dancer”

Speaking after Camavinga scored on his international debut, United star Pogba compared the youngster to himself, saying: “It is a pleasure to see him don the shirt.

“To score after his first starts, that is honestly wonderful. I was truly happy for him. I only wish him the best and much more.

“He has everything for that. His future is in his hands. He is very at ease, he is a little dancer.

“He makes me think a bit about me. He is not a timid person. It is good, because he is confident. He has confidence in his qualities. He is a very good youngster, I like him enormously.”

Jonathan Barnett – “Being the best midfielder in the world, that’s how I see his future”

Barnett is Camavinga’s agent and he has repeatedly spoken about his client’s potential, telling Goal earlier this year: “At the moment, he’s a Rennes player.

“He likes Rennes and, at the moment, we haven’t really taken to other clubs. It isn’t our position. Let’s see what happens later on, but he’s doing well in Rennes and that’s fine.

“Being the best midfielder in the world, that’s how I see his future, [with] a lot of medals and a lot of trophies.”

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