As Real Madrid fans were reminiscing about November 7 as the day when Cristiano Ronaldo renewed his contract, seven years ago, it was a special day for Eduardo Camavinga.
The young midfielder penned a new contract at Santiago Bernabeu, with the new deal set to keep him at the club until 2029.
Camavinga becomes the third young player to renew his contract at Real Madrid recently, followed by Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.
Camavinga after extending his contract
“Real Madrid is a dream, it’s my life,” Camavinga said after signing the contract. “Since I was a child I wanted to play here and now it has come true. I’m very proud to stay at Real Madrid & play in the mythical Bernabéu.”
Camavinga joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2021. Since then, the midfielder has racked up 114 competitive appearances for Los Blancos. He is still only 20.
“It was very quick to reach 100 games, but when I go out on the field I don’t think if I have played 50 or 30 matches, I play for each game,” the midfielder said.
During the contract signing event, Camavinga was present with his whole family, including his brothers.
“My main motivation? My family. When I see that they’re very proud of me, I want to play more. When I play and put on the shirt it’s for them, for the Madridistas and for this club,” he said.
When asked about a moment he will always cherish during his time at Real Madrid so far, the midfielder responded, “When I came to sign my first contract at Madrid. Also when we won the Champions League, which is the Real Madrid competition. Winning it in my first year is a dream that came quickly.”
Camavinga on teammates and Perez
Apart from his personal milestones, Eduardo Camavinga heaped praise on his Real Madrid teammates, including the young players who now form the very core of the squad.
“We have the same mentality, the same vision of football. It’s easier to play with them,” he said.
Camavinga also hailed his midfield mentors in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, adding, “When you play with players like Modrić or Kroos you gain more experience. I like to look at them and that’s why I have more technique and more calmness than in my first year here.”
Despite being a midfielder, though, a standout factor about Camavinga has been his ability to operate in other areas of the pitch, including left-back.
Talking about his versatility, the Frenchman said, “I always say that I’m a team player. If you have to play as a goalkeeper or as a Striker to help the team, I’ll play. I want to do as much as possible.”
Finally, the former Rennes starlet waxed lyrical about club president Florentino Perez, who played a key role in sanctioning the contract extension.
“Florentino Perez is Real Madrid, with the club’s values. I think he’s the best president in the world,” he said.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.